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The Many Faces Of Rajasthan

The brightly attired denizens of Rajasthan add color to the barren and arid landscape. 

Kaveri Bajaj captures the contours of a colorful tribe. 


Colors of a Rainstorm

A colorful 'Leheriya' safa (turban) worn atop a swarthy face with  its characteristic handle-bar moustache and ear studs. A leheriya turban is worn to celebrate a rainstorm.

Showcasing Culture

A 'pencha pagari' in bright red and intricately carved silver filigree jewellery showcases the culture of Rajasthan.


The Art of Miniature Paintings

A local artist working on a miniature painting in a workshop in Jodhpur. The school of Miniature painting uses bold lines and bright colours on paper, wooden tablets, ivory panels, leather etc.

The Nagada Welcomes

A warm 'Namaste' and the strain of the Nagada, a percussion instrument, welcomes all visitors to Rajasthan


Modernity Meets Tradition

The modern day carrier comes face to face with the trusty camel used as a carrier in ancient times.

Tradition Charms

The charming traditional attire of the Rajasthani woman, with its bright yellow Angrakhi, lehnga and odhani, completely overpowers the western outfit worn by her consort.


Kalbeliya Gypsies

The Kalbeliyas are traditionally the snake charmers and venom traders. The women of this tribe dance with swirling and sinous movements of the serpents they revere.

The Instrument of Ravana

A musician playing the Ravanhatta, said to be the precursor of the violin. It is believed that this instrument was played by the demon king of Sri Lanka, Ravana, and the name is a shortened version of 'Ravana hasta Veena'


Symbolism of Colors

The colors of the turban represent the community to which the person belongs. The bright red color of the turban represents the Raika community of Sadri village of Rajasthan's Pali district, which has been herding camels for ages.

Ancient Lore

Some guides of Rajasthan are great storytellers. Their stories of Rajput chivalry and romance mesmerize and usher the listeners into a romantic past.



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