Kalbeliya Gypsy, Traditional Dancers and Snake Charmers, Indigenous Nomadic People of the Rajasthan Desert, Pushkar,
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.
Sopina, leader of the women from Suresh's group, shows that she can also
lead the dance.