Cobra Gypsies offers a contemporary and colorful window to the amazing ancient culture of the nomadic Kalbeliya tribes, living in rural Rajasthan, Northern India. The film explores their culture of eternal dance, syncopated music, snake charming, colorful fashion and the nomadic way of life of these exotic looking castoffs, ancestors to the modern Roma Gypsies living in Europe today.
Cobra Gypsies seems like an amazing accidental ethnographic film and it is reminiscent of the aesthetics utilized by Nouvelle Vague visual anthropology filmmaker, Jean Rouch on documentaries like "Me a Black" (Moi, un Noir)" but in a more transparent factual way.
Although, the Kailbelyas subjects posed for the camera like for a fashion editorial spread, the action permeates ingenuity and sets a frank connection between the Kailbeliya subject and the audience.
In 2010, the Kalbeliyas folk songs and dances of Rajasthan were declared a part of the Intangible Heritage List by the UNESCO
You can hear the soundtrack here