The snake girl, the bodyless girl

The girl with the snake body! I did my best to capture it !

I remember seeing  these small shows   happening in Baada, Hegde and Kumta fairs when I was kid. They used to show three legged girl, girl with a three eyes and some magical stuff which were a big attraction of a rural fairs in those days.  Four to five  tents which showed these amazing things for day and almost till midnight for continuous three  to six days. For the people visiting fairs these shows happened to be one of the biggest attractions. I remember discussing the shows with my friends in schools or while playing cricket even after the fair is over. But as I am in to my college I  learnt that these are just  tricks  so  I stopped going to these shows , I think  I  stopped going to these fairs  and justified  that these are village events for village people!

Now  it is 10 years after my college and these fairs are attracting me again. I am squeezing my times between my worklife to visit  these  village fairs again.  I see a great culture that has come a long way . When I was in Hegde fair this year I saw this similar show and got interested right away. They were showing   body less girl, a girl with a snake body , floating stone, a tap flying in air  with continuous water flow.  I said WOW!  So I decided I have to see this as a grown up. It was not open at that time . So  I interacted with the show guys to know more about them.

One of the young guys from the show people

They were all young  and seemed not so excited about the fair and kept asking me   when the fair would start and how many people  might come. I could see little  disappointment  in their faces seeing not very huge crowd. But I told them it would get better and you can  expect lot of  people coming around here. They   came all the way from  north Karnataka border place and they talked in Hindi.

After 2 hrs I went to this show place again I could see huge crowd waiting for tickets and the show people seemed very happy.  One guy even waved his hands at me and asked me to come.  I felt also happy  after seeing the long  line of people . Again I went after some time with my fiends Sudheer and Soumya . This time I decided to go in and see myself those wonders! The ticket cost  20 rupees was very easy to give also.

chaos in the ticket counter!

First came the tap but we all knew the trick. Though I did not see anything like a water connection from the bottom. Next came the girl with a snake body. They had put her in a cage where the top side is open. One could see the snake body clearly but could not see the connection with the Girl’s head as there were branches of leaves around. There was a boy standing near her and shouted at the girl to speak. She spoke. I thought to myself  that was  for those who might think the girl’s head is fake. Yes we all were surprised and moved on. There was a stone floating in a water tank which I am not interested in explaining. Next show was  a talking Girl with no body!  There were some flowers around her neck and no body at all. How amazing!! Very worth of 20 Rs ticket! I could see so many people returning happy faces. Few kids even looked very frightened and were discussing just like we used to do.

The floating stone
the amazing tap with water flowing always!

I could see those girls smiling at us looking here and there but anybody can tell with little observation that it is a fake smile she is wearing. One can see there was a little  pain behind it. One can see her neck muscles stretched and the posture they are in is not a comfortable one.

The bodyless girl!
The girl with the snake body! I did my best to capture it !


A full view of the snake body girl ( as they call it) , covered under leaves!

I do not want to debate whether those girls really have just head or a snake body for now.  Technically all I could think is may be those girls were in such a  posture which fools the viewer . May be those girls are disabled with a small body or something . But the interesting / painful thing is those girls were there in that posture  for hours without  eating anything  or drinking.  And it is not for one day. It is continuous! Once this fair is over they move to another fair and put  their tent .  They perform  day and night to earn money for   their owners and their family. So much to do for just few earnings!! But it is common in India which is having such a population.

For a moment I thought of talking to them and capturing the behind the scenes but I dropped the idea. This is not like circus event. If I  find  their secret and tell everybody  then their show is as good as gone. I will become the killer. On another note  they definitely would have not let me in. So the best thing to do is visit this show and see them performing and give that little amount of money they ask  instead talking about sciences  and history and our intelligence.  There are thousands of street families in India who earn their bread in this way daily. Let us enjoy and help them.


5 thoughts on “The snake girl, the bodyless girl

  1. Dinesh. Khudos to your photography but most importantly for the man with a heart. Cant disagree with you on your last sentence. How true.

  2. We saw the same stuffs yesterday at a fair near our house.Like you we too were wondering about the tricks and finally googled it n came across ur article n I m really happy that google don’t have the answer of these amazing tricks….20Rs was just a small amount for the show

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