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The Gypsies of Rajasthan

By GrahamBaines
This young lady and her older sister danced beautifully for us at one of the hotels at which we stayed in Rajasthan. Their brothers and father accompanied them with some wonderful Rajasthani gypsy music (the father played a Sarangi (a kind string instrument played with a bow), the rest of the familiy played Indian flute and drums). The music and dance were traditional, mesmerising and fascinatingly complex, especially the dancers hand and head movements. The dancers appeared to enjoy themselves as much as we did watching...

We didn't find out until the second night that the hotel didn't pay them, but allowed them to perform for any tips they recieved.

The tips on the second night were much more generous....

As always, large is best

Thanks for looking


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Voters: theend, mudge, pluckyfilly and 6 more

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pluckyfilly 14 351 33 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2009 5:42PM
Just imagine they did this for your pleasure and for NO payment, which in this day and age is pretty gruesome really but you have a lovely picture and memory of the evening and I am sure they enjoyed performing as well as receiving the tips on the following evening.
Bob_V 13 1 2 United States
14 Dec 2009 8:54PM
What a wonderful low light capture Graham.
gingerdelight 14 298 11 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2009 9:03PM
A lovely cheerful image, well captured.

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