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PHOTOS: World Cup fever scorches Indian shores

June 11, 2014 09:09 IST


Photographs: Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters

The 2014 FIFA World Cup is just around the corner and while the participating nations are waiting with bated breath for kick-off day, India cannot be kept away from all the football frenzy.

Rediff.com let's you catch a few glimpses of the football mania that has cast a spell on Indian footy fans.

An artisan paints a roadside wall with pictures of 2014 World Cup participating players, in Kolkata. Seen here is a painting of Argentina's national soccer player Lionel Messi.

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PHOTOS: World Cup fever scorches Indian shores


Photographs: Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters

An artisan cuts the hair of a clay model depicting Brazilian soccer player Neymar at a workshop in Kolkata.

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PHOTOS: World Cup fever scorches Indian shores


Photographs: Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters

Sajal Mohanty, 27, an artisan, makes a four-feet high clay replica of a World Cup trophy outside a workshop in Kolkata.

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PHOTOS: World Cup fever scorches Indian shores


Photographs: Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters

A hand-rickshaw puller passes in front of a wall decorated with national flags of 2014 World Cup participating teams ahead of the World Cup, in Kolkata.

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PHOTOS: World Cup fever scorches Indian shores


Photographs: Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters

Indian artisan Sukumar Rudra Pal, 40, gives finishing touches to a clay model of a football player inside a workshop in Kolkata.

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PHOTOS: World Cup fever scorches Indian shores


Photographs: Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters

Indian soccer fans pose after getting fancy hairdos by Indian hair stylist Rabin Das outside his salon near Kolkata.

Das charges 500 rupees ($8) for a FIFA World Cup trophy haircut.

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PHOTOS: World Cup fever scorches Indian shores


Photographs: Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters

Vendor Mohammad Nihar, 15, arranges World Cup team jerseys at a roadside stall in Kolkata.

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PHOTOS: World Cup fever scorches Indian shores


Photographs: Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters

Children play soccer in front of a wall, decorated with pictures of international footballers and their national flags, on the outskirts of Kolkata.

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PHOTOS: World Cup fever scorches Indian shores


Photographs: Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters

Tailor Arif Bhai, 60, stitches a Brazil flag inside his workshop in Kolkata.

Arif, who sells the flags after their ready, charges from between Rs 50-400 ($0.84-$6.76) for his handy work.

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PHOTOS: World Cup fever scorches Indian shores


Photographs: Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters

A German national flag is fixed on a piece of sweet at a sweet mart in Kolkata.