Keeping tradition alive : Kalbelia

And if there come the singers and the dancers and the flute players, buy of their gifts also.
For they too are gatherers of fruit and frankincense, and that which they bring, though fashioned of dreams, is raiment and food for your soul.

— From ‘On buying and selling ‘ by Gibran

Vibrant costumes , sonorous voices , graceful dancers and ballads that come alive – the folk performances in Udaipur are mesmerizing . The first in the series….Kalbelia.

The Kalbelia dance is traditionally performed by the community of snake charmers . Adorned in black traditional costumes, the dancers gracefully sway to the music of the ‘been’ – an instrument used by snake charmers.

The performer gets ready to dance
The ‘been’
Male musicians play various instruments while the dancer swirls



Picking up pace before the tableau between the serpent and the charmer comes to an end





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