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Where have all the snake-charmers and street magicians gone?

Against the Gothic backdrop of the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, big crowds circle performers swallowing swords or juggling with fire. Gravity-defying teenage break dancers perform late into the night on Bangkok’s bustling Khao San road. The streets of Santiago would not be the same without their spinning drummers. In these, and other urbanscapes around the world, street performers or buskers are an integral part – but where are they in Indian cities?


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