In our current series on the coverage of Nomadland, the Visual Storyboards Team speaks to Professor Vinayak Lashkar, whose research lies in understanding denotified and nomadic tribes. These tribes have no documents of their identity and the government has overlooked them leaving them to fend for themselves in a fast paced world amidst the lockdown.

Due to lack of access to basic education, the Bahrupi nomadic tribe has struggled to find jobs and uplift its standard of living. Caught in a vicious circle, the community makes a living out of providing nukad natak performances while wandering across streets of cities and villages in Maharashtra. With long lockdowns in place, their movement has now been restricted and the Baharupis are struggling to make their ends meet. This Video Essay documents their day-to-day struggles as seen during the pandemic.

As part of our Visual Storyboard Team’s field exclusive on Nomadic Tribes and Communities, this final video essay (in a three-part series) documents the communities’ day-to-day life struggles experienced during the pandemic. Due to lack of access to basic education, the nomadic tribe has struggled to keep their family traditions alive and maintain their standard of living. The community makes a living out of making and playing instruments and performing at the circus while wandering across streets of cities and villages in Maharashtra. With the second wave of the pandemic and stricter lockdowns in place, their movement has now been restricted and they are struggling to make their ends meet.