KNOW THE BEHRUPIYAS

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - Live - - TIME OUT -

There is lit­tle to no in­for­ma­tion about the com­mu­nity. The num­ber of behrupiya artists in the coun­try at present is 30,000 to 35,000. His­tor­i­cally, the troupes from the com­mu­nity were an in­te­gral part of en­ter­tain­ment at royal courts and en­joyed gen­er­ous pa­tron­age. A behrupiya is trained to stage 52 dif­fer­ent char­ac­ters.

There is no of­fi­cial iden­tity card that proves that a per­son be­longs to the com­mu­nity, un­like in the ear­lier times, when they iden­ti­fied with the behrupiya sur­name. Most of the behrupiyas come from Ra­jasthan. They re­ceive no for­mal training — act­ing is an in­her­ited craft for the com­mu­nity.

Their art is dy­ing a slow death —with no recog­ni­tion or ac­knowl­edge­ment for their craft in sight, the com­mu­nity’s com­ing gen­er­a­tions are giv­ing up their trade and choos­ing other av­enues.

Com­piled by in­puts from within the com­mu­nity

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