Photographer's Note

The Kalbeliya are called gypsy in the local languages and experience much discrimination.

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.

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 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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