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Old 05-15-2017, 04:52 PM
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Default Incorrect ideas about Kalbelia in Pushkar

The photographer states "They all dressed in the same bright dresses and walking with pride, despite the occasional yell of shopkeepers trying to chase them away. The lowest level in the Hindu caste system, they live without permanent homes and are seen as squatters and hustlers."

There are no homeless Kalbelia in Pushkar. They all either live in houses on the edge of villages, or in well-established tent camps, some of which have been in the same place for 10-20 years. Many have very nice houses with tv, and nice motorcycles. In a typical Kalbelia wedding in Pushkar there are cars and silver and DJ sound systems. The biggest issue in Kalbelia communities in Pushkar is alcoholism. They are seen as hustlers, and that is true to some extent, but very few Kalbelia in Pushkar make a living in the market. 90% have nothing to do with the market.
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