Think of India and inevitably you think of snake charmers. It is an image inextricably tied up with the exotic country - but maybe not for much longer. The ancient art of snake charming is being spurned by many young people in villages where once it was an important source of income. Vadinagar village in the western Indian state of Gujarat - a snake charmer practices his art to the hypnotic sounds of pipe-playing. This tiny community has been home to snake charmers for generations. Residents have been earning their living by catching snakes and training them to dance to the pipe, known as a "Been", for as long as anyone can remember. The skill is handed on from old to young and demands alertness, training and sustained practice.

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