Rajasthani Gypsy Dances Foundation Course
Kalbelya tribe is a nomadic ethnic group from the Thar desert in Rajasthan, known as snake charmers.
The traditional occupation of this nomadic caste was catching snakes, trading snake venom for healing and to train the snakes to dance to the sound of the “pungi” a hallowed flute. This charismatic caste is mainly comprised by dancers, musicians and singers.
Their dances and songs are a matter of pride and are based on stories taken from folklore and mythology.
Their dance form consists of swirling, graceful arms movements and energetic steps, making it one of the most sensuous forms of folk dance in India. The Kalbelia dance is generally performed for any joyous celebration and is considered to be an integral part of the Kalbelia culture.
The popularity of this dance is worldwide that Rajasthan’s Kalbelia dance and songs are now in UNESCO’s representative list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity from the year 2010.