Hela Mehtar

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The Hela are a Sunni Muslim community found in the state of Rajasthan in India.[1]

Origin[edit]

The Hela are a community of musicians. They claim to have come from Arabia, sometime in the distant past. The Hela are found in the districts of udaipur Bundi, Kota, Tonk and Jhalawar. They speak the Hadoti dialect of Hindi. The Hela are strictly endogamous, and marry close kin.[1]

Present[edit]

Hela communities exist in Udaipur, Ujjain, Bundi, Dhar, and Susner. They are a landless community, and many are employed as wage labourers. Many are now employed in government sector. Traditional occupations are musicians, instrumentalists, singers and other musical trades. The Hela are well versed in ragas such as dadra and thumri, but practice many folk beliefs.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b K.S. Singh, ed. (1998-04-01). and madhyapradesh People of India: Rajasthan: Volume XXXVIII, Part One. Popular Prakashan. pp. 422–425. ISBN 978-8171547661.