The sideshow at Alsisar

The Rajasthan village comes alive in more ways than one as it hosts its annual music festival
By: Aditi Tailang
Published: Feb 25, 2019
The sideshow at Alsisar

Image by : Aditi Tailang

Bhola and Pappu
Age: 25,47

Security guards
Both are farmers from Bharatpur in Rajasthan. They work on their own land and grow wheat, pulses, mustard and other crops, and claim to have a comfortable life there. At the festival they work for a salary of ₹600 per day for a 24-hour shift.

“This is so different from where we live. We come here for entertainment. Gaon mein kya dekhne ko milta hai [We don’t get to see anything in our village].”