The Snake Charmer

F.I. Choudhury

The Snake Charmer is among few tribes and communities in India, snake charming used to be the only source of livelihood. In the past it used to be a part of rural life and festivals. Snake charmers ability to control venomous reptiles drew huge crowd to them. In Indian culture snake has a special place. There are stories and folklore on snakes. ‘Nag Panchami’, the yearly Hindu religious festival observed in honor of the king cobra. Hindu God - Lord Shiva is also portrayed wearing a king cobra around his neck. But with the emerging animal rights activism and news laws on animal protection, this iconic folk art of India is dying. The illiterate poverty stricken community is fast vanishing. New generation is seeking alternate livelihood. This painting is a small effort of showing the lifestyle, joy and sorrows of a snake charmer.

Watercolor on paper

NOTE: The image shown is a close up image of the Painting. The 2nd image shows the full painting, with the following images showcasing closeups of the artwork, detailing the work done by the artist.

Painting is signed by the artist 



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