An old woman in Rajnal village of Gulbarga District talks about her grievances
An old widow in Rajnal asking for help from the Government. Many Banjaras don’t own lands or cattle. They work in other’s farms and earn little money. The poverty is widespread in this community and hunger is no stranger in many of its households.
Banjaras are the gypsies, originating centuries ago in the Jodhpur and Jaisalmer desert areas of Rajasthan. Their customs, language and dress indicate their origin from Rajasthan. They used to wander in forests to collect wood and sell them in the markets. Their traditional occupation is nomadic cattle herding. Later they slowly moved into agriculture and trade. They live in settlements called Thandas. They have a unique culture and dance form. On many occasions, they bedeck themselves in colorful costumes and jewelry and gather in groups to sing and dance.