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From the desert region of India, Rajasthan, comes the snake charming dance of the Khalbelia 'Gypsies'. Wild and sensuous, the skilled dancers accentuate subtle, snake-like movements. As they dance, they fall into rapid spins, whirling their large black skirts adorned with ribbons of color. Dancers are accompanied by percussion and a wind instrument called the ‘poongi’, also known as the ‘snake charming flute’. In recent history the Sapera dancers were hired by great kings and maharajas as well as dancing within their community.

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