Fire Dance #2
Gypsy Dancer, Jaisalmer, Jan 2012
One of the prominent indigenous dance forms of the local indigenous inhabitants of Jaisalmer is the Kalbelia dance style. Performed primarily by the community of snake charmers of the place, the dancers move their body in a flexible manner with the accompaniment of traditional musical instruments of drums.
The Kalbeliya women dancers wear long, black colored, drindled-skirts heavily worked with embroidery and light-colored thread along with small pieces of mirrors. This costume draws the attention in a somewhat strange way. Check out the previous blog post in color to get an idea of the colorful dazzling costume worn during this dance. For some reason, I liked the Bnw closeup version (above) more but I will post a closeup of the costume in a future post.