Kalbeliya Gypsy, Nomadic People of the Rajasthan Desert, Pushkar, India..Dressed in full regalia, Suresh, the Kalbeliya Gypsy group leader is ready to play his tablas drums..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.
Caravan We are the music makers, And we are the dreamers of dreams, Wandering by lone sea-breakers, And sitting by desolate streams;— World-losers and world-forsakers, On whom the pale moon gleams: Yet we are the movers and shakers Of the world for ever, it seems. ~Arthur O'Shaughnessy, "Ode," 1874