Gulabo Sapera

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Gulabo Sapera (aka Gulabo or Dhanvantri) is a dancer from Rajasthan, India.[1]

Gulabo was the seventh child of her parents. She was buried live just one hour of her birth but later rescued by her aunt. She was born in 1960 in the nomadic Kalbaliya community.[2] Gulabo Sapera became a celebrity dancer later in life. She was nicknamed Gulabo by her father. She is very active in the musical work of Titi Robin.

In 2011, Gulabo featured in the reality television show Bigg Boss 5 as contestant no. 12.[3] She spoke openly about the truth behind her birth and how her father tried burying her alive, since he didn't have the money for her marriage and as there were already three other girls than her in the family. This story was featured in the Bigg Boss (Season 5) day one as she informed the audience about it herself. A book is also written by Thierry Robin and Véronique Guillien in French i.e. Gulabi Sapera, danseuse gitane du Rajasthan, means Gulabo sapera, the gypsy dancer from Rajasthan.

The Government of India awarded her the civilian honour of the Padma Shri in 2016.[4]


As Contestant
Year Show Place
Bigg Boss (season 5)
16th Place
Evicted Day 14


  1. ^ "गुलाबो ने कहा, नहीं करेंगे सरकारी कार्यक्रम" (in Hindi). Dainik Bhaskar. 2011-04-22. Retrieved 2011-10-04. 
  2. ^ Thierry Robin and Véronique Guillien (2000) Gulabi Sapera, danseuse gitane du Rajasthan, ISBN 2-7427-3129-6
  3. ^ Jonty Rhodes and Navjot Singh Sidhu may still join Bigg Boss 5
  4. ^ "Padma Awards 2016". Press Information Bureau, Government of India. 2016. Retrieved February 2, 2016.