Kalbelia folk songs and dances of Rajasthan (India)


KALBELIA FOLK SONGS AND DANCES OF RAJASTHAN. Inscribed in 2010 on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Songs and dances are an expression of the Kalbelia community’s traditional way of life. Once professional snake handlers, Kalbelia today evoke their former occupation in music and dance that is evolving in new and creative ways. Kalbelia songs disseminate mythological knowledge through stories, while special traditional dances are performed during Holi, the festival of colours. The songs also demonstrate the poetic acumen of the Kalbelia, who are reputed to compose lyrics spontaneously and improvise songs during performances. Transmitted from generation to generation, the songs and dances form part of an oral tradition for which no texts or training manuals exist. Song and dance are a matter of pride for the Kalbelia community, and a marker of their identity at a time when their traditional travelling lifestyle and role in rural society are diminishing. They demonstrate their community’s attempt to revitalize its cultural heritage and adapt it to changing socioeconomic conditions.


Sabrang (Delhi, India), dir. Durgesh Kanwal

Sabrang Music and Dance Group, founded by Mr. Durgesh Kanwal, is presenting the beauty, energy and soul of Rajasthani dance in a production that maintains the intricacies and nuances of this amazing art form. Owing to its unique structure comprising well trained and experienced professional artists from diversified backgrounds, Sabrang Group presents a wide spectrum of art forms spreading across folk, traditional and classical dance and music. They specialize in enthralling the audiences by amalgamating and performing Kalbeliya, Ghoomar, Bharatnatyam and Kathak dance forms as well as Taal Vadya Kachehri (Percussion instruments) in their productions. Group members: Amrita Shivakumar and Shreyasi Gopinath (dance), Durgeshas Kanwalas and Neerajas Kumaras (percussion, tabla), Shriyansh Mani (vocal, harmonica).


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