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

Divyanshi Kanwar
Age: 14

A class 9 student, she sells water and Pepsi, for ₹50 each, outside one of the festival entrances. This helps her earn about ₹8,000-9,000 in three days. She manages the shop with the help of her family. At about 2.30 am, she was alone at her shop, dancing to the loud music coming from one of the stages inside the palace, and seemed happy.

“Everyone in Alsisar looks forward to this festival. I love talking to the people who come here. They wear such nice clothes. I don’t understand this music, but I like it.”