Don't miss The Dhoad Gypsies of Rajasthan
It's an interesting paradox summed up in the title of the Dhoad Gypsies' CD Roots Travellers; how can an ancient and localised tradition, in this case the folk music and dance of the Indian region of Rajasthan, be kept alive by nomadic gypsy people?
Part of the answer lies in the tradition itself, always carried from place to place by performing troupes who would appear in crowded market squares as well as the courtyards of the wealthy.
It's another paradox, therefore, that groups like the Dhoad Gypsies are well-suited to the modern era of global travel and thus bring the glamour and vivacity of traditional costumes, music and dance to a worldwide audience.
Their own travels have brought the Dhoad Gypsies into contact with other gypsy traditions including Flamenco gitanos in Spain, the Romano Drom in Hungary and even Esma Redzepova, the queen of the Macedonian gypsies, as well as finding themselves performing at Mick Jagger's birthday party.
Played on a mix of Indian classical and local folk instruments their music embraces all aspects of Rajasthani culture, from spiritual singing in the Qawwali style and Hindustani classical music to vibrant folk dances and music for entertainments like snake charming and fire eating.
The Dhoad Gypsies of Rajasthan St George's, Bristol, Sunday, March 3. See listings for details.