National Geographic : 1950 Nov
© National (Geographic Society " Badakhshan Drum Dancers Celebrate Afghanistan's Independence Day In Faizabad, capital of Badakhshan, the provincial governor gave a concert in honor of the Shors. Here the master of ceremonies wears his own creation, a checkered pajamalike outfit with a chef's-style cap. Mr. Shor (right) inspects competitors about to start a dance marathon (below). Kodachromes by Jean Shor "Dizzy Drummers, Dancing to Reed Pipes, Spin and Drum until They Drop Four men, beating drums with sticks, revolved at constantly increasing speeds, meanwhile shifting their awkward burdens from neck to waist to knees. One by one they succumbed to vertigo and collapsed. Finally only the one on the right remained. After 15 minutes he too fell. Musicians played a monotonous melody.