/ Village: Jaisalmer
Ethnic Group: Bopa /
A Bopa gypsy man dyes his
mustache black using a small pocket mirror and some shoe polish as he
sits by the campfire.
Bopa men are easily recognized. They wear long mustaches which they like
to dye pitch black They also like to use wax to curl them up and around.
The Bopa Gypsy people of Rajasthan follow the path of their ancestors.
All of them still make their livelihood from music and chants they
perform for small monetary donations. Bopa people establish their camps
on the outskirts of towns. They travel to Indian fairs and festivals in
the hopes of finding enthusiasts of their musical ballads.