Culture and Art: World’s Largest Artist Colony Is About To Be Bulldozed

Published on Axis of Logic, by Mallika Rao, Aug 31, 2014.

In the heart of New Delhi lives what is said to be the world’s largest collective of performers – puppeteers, drummers, monkey tamers, snake charmers, singers, acrobats, and more. Their family units can include more than a dozen members. Dads and moms pass their art down to the kids. In Kathputli Colony that’s simply how things are done.

Whether tradition will continue this way is another story. The 3,000 families of Kathputli are facing a major threat to their way of life, a standoff that’s mesmerized local papers and documentarians abroad who have trekked to the so-called magician’s ghetto … //

… Speaking to Time, one magician blamed “middle-class India” for making a mass eviction possible. Folk artists, he opined, are “at odds with the image of India as a rising power.” Many are hoping to sway the government into preserving the colony as a tourist attraction, a workaround that could address the issue of national self-image.

“We perform for the poor as well as the rich, for the Prime Minister as well as the commoner,” Bhat, the colony’s eldest resident told Time. “And we have always lived like kings without worrying about the future.”

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