/ Village: Jaisalmer
Ethnic Group: Bopa /
Although most other Indian women do not smoke, Gypsy
women are not shy and they do as they please.
Indian people show less interest in listening to Bopa's songs than
they did in the past. Many Bopa Gypsy people follow the path of their
ancestors. Most still make their livelihood from music and chants
which they perform for small monetary donations. The new generation in
India does not appreciate Bopa music or culture. Bopa women are among
the most beautiful in Rajasthan and they hope their charms will be
enough to sell cheap accessories to the tourists.
This young Bopa mother lives in a ghetto in Jaisalmer. Everyday she
walks to the gate of the old town, hoping to sell her necklaces and
bracelets. But it is difficult being considered of low caste, and she
is not allowed into the old touristy part of the city.