Hi all, last week I started a photo series – Oh Dear! This is India. In continuation of the same I’m happy to share the second picture reflecting ubiquitous or unusual pulse of India.
Quite a Charmer!
The business of Charming!
Snake Charmers are known for their art of controlling deadliest of the reptiles (read Cobras) with the use of gourd flute (a musical instrument). For centuries this tribe has performed street shows, rescued snakes and saved the day as the boundaries of the human occupied land has grown.I remember once in my hostel a Snake appeared from nowhere and we had to call authorities who in turn contacted a confident ‘Snake Charmer’ to handle the situation!
However this age old tradition is now dying in India as the authorities seek to impose ban under the Wildlife Protection Laws.
Most of the Snake Charmers are no longer pursuing the Art full time, the kids are not trained as they used to be but their comfort level with Snakes is amazing (as we observed with Chetan). Snakes in India are revered as ‘Lord Shiva’ (one of the principal deities of Hinduism) embraces snake around his neck. So, the kids like Chetan carry the basket in anticipation of garnering some money from the people as he shows off Snake 🙂
Until the next post! Happy Exploring 🙂