Snake Charmer

Snake charmers have captured the imagination of visitors to India for hundreds of years, enticing snakes such as cobras and vipers to dance to the haunting melodies of a gourd flute. Once considered an icon of Indian street performances, today there are less and less snake charmers, victims of strict wildlife protection laws and nature shows on TV. This snake charmer sits near the entrance to Delhi’s earliest surviving Islamic monument, the Qutb mosque which dates back to 1199. Here, he entices his snakes to “dance” to his music, a practice which has been passed down from father to son for generations.