PROS: Pratik is great. A funny, young guy who seems really committed to the arts, and is trying to support Rajasthani folk art.
CONS: Pratik seemed to be mostly knowledgable about the performers themselves (a large extended family) and knew less about the area beyond surface level details that you could Google. Since we knew a bit about India and Delhi already (maybe more than the average traveller) much of what he had to say about the city and community was something we already knew.
OVERALL: Although we had a wonderful time during the performances, some things that you should know:
1. If you're in a small group (probably less than 5), you won't really be seeing the performances that you read about in the website. Instead, you'll get a private show inside of one of the performer's family's home. There's some music, some puppetry, a bit of dancing. It's a great time, but it's also not some of the dynamic performances that you see on the website.
2. We went on another "slum tour" (The Reality Tours) in Mumbai, and they were half the price but provided a lot more of a distinct cultural, intellectual, and meaningful experience. And they also give 80% of their profit back to education in the community.
So don't get me wrong, I had fun and everybody showed us a great time. In fact, I even said I'd help them find a place to perform in the US. But look into the Reality Tours first before this one.
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