Kalbeliya Dance “Snake Charmer Dance”
One of Rajasthan’s most sensual gipsy dance forms is Kalbelia, which originates from the community of snake charmers who live in the desert of Thar in India and, for centuries, have pursued the ancient craft of capturing snakes and selling their poison. Powerful and at the same time sensual movements train and strengthen the body in an exceptional way. The movements of this dance resemble those of snakes: swirling, sensual gestures of the body and hands, waving of the hips and the extraordinary use of the arms and hands. The dancers are dressed in large skirts with ethnic designs that sway with the accompanying “Poongi” (an ethnic trumpet) and the “Dufli” the wind instrument used by snake charmers.