KNOW THE BEHRUPIYAS
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