Meet the folk singers of royal Rajasthan

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Tolaram Bhopa, a Raika, playing a musical instrument (extreme right) along with others from his family. The family is performing ‘Paboji ka phad’ for the village on the occasion of Dusshera at Ujaliya village. The Raikas are among 22 traditional Rajasthani folk forms being showcased at Rajasthan International Folk Festival. (Saumya Khandelwal/Hindustan Times)

Tolaram Bhopa, a Raika, playing a musical instrument (extreme right) along with others from his family. The family is performing ‘Paboji ka phad’ for the village on the occasion of Dusshera at Ujaliya village. The Raikas are among 22 traditional Rajasthani folk forms being showcased at Rajasthan International Folk Festival. (Saumya Khandelwal/Hindustan Times)

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A member of the Raika community performing ‘Paboji ka phad’ for the village on Dusshera at Ujaliya village in Rajasthan. (Saumya Khandelwal/Hindustan Times)

A member of the Raika community performing ‘Paboji ka phad’ for the village on Dusshera at Ujaliya village in Rajasthan. (Saumya Khandelwal/Hindustan Times)

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Musicians of the Langa community practising at Mehrangarh Fort, Rajasthan. (Saumya Khandelwal/Hindustan Times)

Musicians of the Langa community practising at Mehrangarh Fort, Rajasthan. (Saumya Khandelwal/Hindustan Times)

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Bhanwarlal sings local folk songs as his camels graze on the field at Sadri village, Rajasthan. (Saumya Khandelwal/Hindustan Times)

Bhanwarlal sings local folk songs as his camels graze on the field at Sadri village, Rajasthan. (Saumya Khandelwal/Hindustan Times)

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Bhanwarlal, in red turban, plays with his camel at Sadri village. The Raika community of Rajasthan are camel herders and a lot of their culture revolves around the camels. (Saumya Khandelwal/Hindustan Times)

Bhanwarlal, in red turban, plays with his camel at Sadri village. The Raika community of Rajasthan are camel herders and a lot of their culture revolves around the camels. (Saumya Khandelwal/Hindustan Times)

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The Manganiyar community of Rajasthan, traditionally a folk singers community performs at the Mehrangarh fort. The Manganiyars are considered among the most learned musicians in Rajasthan. (Saumya Khandelwal/Hindustan Times)

The Manganiyar community of Rajasthan, traditionally a folk singers community performs at the Mehrangarh fort. The Manganiyars are considered among the most learned musicians in Rajasthan. (Saumya Khandelwal/Hindustan Times)

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The Manganiyar community of Rajasthan, traditionally a folk singers community performs at the Mehrangarh fort. They will be playing at the Rajasthan International Folk Festival held at Mehrangarh Fort this year in Jodhpur. (Saumya Khandelwal/Hindustan Times)

The Manganiyar community of Rajasthan, traditionally a folk singers community performs at the Mehrangarh fort. They will be playing at the Rajasthan International Folk Festival held at Mehrangarh Fort this year in Jodhpur. (Saumya Khandelwal/Hindustan Times)

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Folk artists perform at the Ghanta Ghar on the opening day of Rajasthan International Folk Festival(RIFF)in Jodhpur. (Saumya Khandelwal/Hindustan Times)

Folk artists perform at the Ghanta Ghar on the opening day of Rajasthan International Folk Festival(RIFF)in Jodhpur. (Saumya Khandelwal/Hindustan Times)

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Chang Nritya. Folk artists perform at the Ghanta Ghar on the opening day of Rajasthan International Folk Festival(RIFF) at Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur. (Saumya Khandelwal/Hindustan Times)

Chang Nritya. Folk artists perform at the Ghanta Ghar on the opening day of Rajasthan International Folk Festival(RIFF) at Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur. (Saumya Khandelwal/Hindustan Times)

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