Rabaris are nomadic herders who live scattered through out and are settled in the numerous villages spread over Kutch region in Gujarat. It is believed that this tribe, having a peculiar Persian physiognomy is not native to the region they now inhabit and have migrated from Iran and neighbouring regions in search of a new breeding ground for their herds.
The Rabaris have created a near miracle – a fact reflected in their lifestyle and culture, which personify richness and vibrancy.
The film will sketch the amazing people of this land and offer a kalaedoscopic view into their religion, craft, economy, culture and social structure.
The Kutch Rabari’s have 3 distinct sub groups – the Dhebariyas, Kacchis and Vagadiyas. While the Dhebariyas and Kacchis have become sedentary over time, Vagadiyas sub-group of the community still has a predominantly nomadic lifestyle. The period of nomadism however alternates between the time they spend in their villages and that they spend in the fields with their animals.
The film begins with a glimpse into their economy, surviving on trading life stock like goats, sheep camel or cows and of course their milk and wool.
The film will focus on the Vagadiya sub-tribe while constantly juxtaposing their lifestyle with those of the sedentary tribes. This will be carried out by covering a Vagadiya clan and tracing their migratory journeys. Other aspects of the life of this tribe will be woven around this broad theme.