Country: India   /   Village: Pushkar
Ethnic Group: Kalbeliya   /   Feature: Music & Dance

Waiting to perform folk dancing, Sunita is smoking tobacco. It is rare to see women smoke in India, but Kalbeliya women do.
The Kalbeliya Gypsy people are known as the snake charmer caste. The women are skilled dancers and are accompanied by men playing percussion and wind instruments. The Kalbeliya were once hired to entertain great kings and maharajahs. Today they are sadly considered to be squatters and experience much discrimination. They struggle to preserve their culture and dances. They follow Indian fairs and festivals hoping to get hired to perform dances in hotels and private resorts.

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