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Kalbelyas of Pushkar

A heart-warming exploration of India’s Kalbeliyas, showcasing their resilient spirit and vibrant culture.
5/5

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In Harvey Walton’s short documentary, the rich culture and resilient community of India’s Kalbeliyas, known as the Cobra Gypsies, unfold against the vibrant backdrop of Pushkar. Walton’s expert cinematography and drone photography capture the essence of these spirited people, revealing a community marked by their indomitable joy, despite facing extreme poverty, constant movement, and a lack of education and stability.

The film becomes a touching exploration of the Kalbeliyas’ way of life, portraying their warm-heartedness and welcoming spirit amidst the challenges they endure. Walton skillfully delves into the passion for dance and music that defines their identity, providing viewers with a deep appreciation for the cultural richness embedded in their daily lives.

As the camera immerses itself in the heart of this tight-knit community, the documentary paints a vivid picture of resilience and camaraderie. The film is both endearing and poignant, offering a glimpse into the beauty of the Cobra Gypsies’ existence, highlighting their ability to find happiness amid adversity. Walton’s creation emerges as a beautiful tribute to a remarkable community, encapsulating the warmth, strength, and cultural vibrancy that defines the Kalbeliyas.

Brief Synopsis

One evening I was out exploring the ancient twisty streets of the Holy town Pushkar, India. I came across some Kalbelyas, otherwise known as Cobra Gypsies. After a few cups of chai, they convinced me to go spend the day with them at their camp.

The following day we hired some motorbikes, they took me to see a guru called Aloo Baba and we ended up at their gypsy camp on the outskirts of town. As I walked into the camp with my gypsy guides the local children ran over pulling my hair, they were absolutely curious. We ate, danced and shared stories of what it’s like living in these conditions.

Each year, around November, they are forcibly moved to accommodate the camel fair which takes place on the same ground. Their make shift tents often destroyed in the process leaving them with nothing.

Kalbelyas of Pushkar Short Documentary

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Director(s): Harvey Walton
Writer(s): Harvey Walton
Cast: Deepak Pushkar, Lala Pushkar, Sameer Bhat
Producer(s): Harvey Walton
Director of Photography: Harvey Walton
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Runtime: 3 min

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Kalbelyas of Pushkar

A heart-warming exploration of India’s Kalbeliyas, showcasing their resilient spirit and vibrant culture.
5/5

Review

In Harvey Walton’s short documentary, the rich culture and resilient community of India’s Kalbeliyas, known as the Cobra Gypsies, unfold against the vibrant backdrop of Pushkar. Walton’s expert cinematography and drone photography capture the essence of these spirited people, revealing a community marked by their indomitable joy, despite facing extreme poverty, constant movement, and a lack of education and stability.

The film becomes a touching exploration of the Kalbeliyas’ way of life, portraying their warm-heartedness and welcoming spirit amidst the challenges they endure. Walton skillfully delves into the passion for dance and music that defines their identity, providing viewers with a deep appreciation for the cultural richness embedded in their daily lives.

As the camera immerses itself in the heart of this tight-knit community, the documentary paints a vivid picture of resilience and camaraderie. The film is both endearing and poignant, offering a glimpse into the beauty of the Cobra Gypsies’ existence, highlighting their ability to find happiness amid adversity. Walton’s creation emerges as a beautiful tribute to a remarkable community, encapsulating the warmth, strength, and cultural vibrancy that defines the Kalbeliyas.

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No artists for this title have been featured on Spotlight.

Brief Synopsis

One evening I was out exploring the ancient twisty streets of the Holy town Pushkar, India. I came across some Kalbelyas, otherwise known as Cobra Gypsies. After a few cups of chai, they convinced me to go spend the day with them at their camp.

The following day we hired some motorbikes, they took me to see a guru called Aloo Baba and we ended up at their gypsy camp on the outskirts of town. As I walked into the camp with my gypsy guides the local children ran over pulling my hair, they were absolutely curious. We ate, danced and shared stories of what it’s like living in these conditions.

Each year, around November, they are forcibly moved to accommodate the camel fair which takes place on the same ground. Their make shift tents often destroyed in the process leaving them with nothing.

Kalbelyas of Pushkar Short Documentary

Credits

Director(s): Harvey Walton
Writer(s): Harvey Walton
Cast: Deepak Pushkar, Lala Pushkar, Sameer Bhat
Producer(s): Harvey Walton
Director of Photography: Harvey Walton
Animation:

Specifications

Genre:
Country:
Language:
Year:
Runtime: 3 min
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