7 Replies to “The Gypsies and their Music”

  1. I take it that the first video where the Lambadi (Rajastani gypsy, banjara) dance was portrayed is from a movie or some kind of a documentary. Please disabuse me. Thanks.

    1. Latcho Drom (“safe journey”) 1993 French documentary film directed and written by Tony Gatlif.

      The film begins in the Thar Desert in Northern India and ends in Spain, passing through Egypt, Turkey, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, France, and Spain. All of the Romani portrayed are actual members of the Romani community.


      1. They are plenty of them in south India with the women having the same look. Banjara Hills area in Hyderabad deccan is named for them.

        1. Plenty of the same features in all Sri Lanka. Much darker though.

          There are the gypsies wandering around SL too. If they changed their dress sense they would be indistinguishable from the locals. More on that later.

  2. As a avid reader of Roma/Gypsy history and culture, that was an amazing video for me (the first one from Rajasthan). I’ve met some Romas/Gypsies at Harvard University with Cornell West very recently as well! I want to share with you something that I think is very similar – yet different – to this video. It’s some Punjabi Mirasi singers from Pakistan, and there is definitely a “Gypsy look” to them with their long hair, loud singing, and it’s quite soulful for a lack of a better term in that it’s not so contrived and formalized.

    Check it out!


  3. Ahh, a fellow traveler re interest in the Gypsy/Roma.

    re: Punjabi Mirasi singers from Pakistan, they sound and look like the Bauls from Bengal.

    Have a look at the Tony Gatlif, Latcho Drom clips on you tube.

    If Possible get hold of the Embryo : Vagabunden Karawane: A musical trip through Iran, Afghanistan and India in 1979.
    One Clip

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