NCERT Class 5 EVS A Snake Charmers Story

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A Snake Charmers Story Class 5 Environmental Studies NCERT

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A Snake Charmers Story NCERT Class 5

2. A Snake Charmer’s Story

I am Aryanath

I can do something special which I am sure none of you can do! Do you know what? I can play the been! You must be surprised. Yes, I can make snakes dance by playing the been. I have learnt this art from my family members. We people are known as Kalbeliyas.

My grandfather Roshannathji was famous amongst our people. He could easily catch many poisonous snakes. He tells me many stories about his past. Come, listen to his story in his own words– 

Dadaji remembers From the time of my grandfather and great grandfather, we have always been saperas (snake-charmers). Snakes have been an important part of our life. We used to move from village to village carrying our snakes in bamboo baskets. Whenever we stopped in a village, a crowd would gather around us. We would then take out our snakes from our baskets.

Even after the show, people would stay on. They knew that in our tinbox there were many types of medicines for them. We made these medicines from plants collected from the forests. I had learnt all this from my grandfather. I felt nice that I could help people with my medicines even if doctors and hospitals were far off. In return, people would give us some money or foodgrains. In this way we could manage our life.

Sometimes, I was called to places where someone had been bitten by a snake. From the marks of the bite I tried to find out which snake had bitten the person. I would then give a medicine for that. But I have not always been on time to help. As you know, some snake bites can even cause death on the spot. But most of the snakes are not poisonous.

Sometimes, when some farmers would come running for help shouting “snake, snake”, I would catch that snake After all, catching snakes was something I had been doing since my childhood. Oh, those were the good days. We could help a lot of people in many ways. We also entertained them. It was not like today when everyone watches TV for entertainment. When I grew older, my father taught me how to remove their poisonous teeth (fangs). He also taught me how to close the tube of poison in the snake’s mouth. 

Think and tell 

  • Have you ever seen anyone playing a been? Where?
  • Have you ever seen a snake? Where?
  • Were you scared by it? Why?
  • Do you think all snakes are poisonous?
  • In chapter 1 you read that snakes do not have ears which you can see. Can the snake hear the been or does it dance when the been moves? What do you think?


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Looking Around Chapter 1 Super Senses
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Looking Around Chapter 2 A Snake Charmer’s Story
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Looking Around Chapter 3 From Tasting to Digesting
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Looking Around Chapter 4 Mangoes Round the Year
NCERT Class 5 EVS Mangoes Round the Year
Looking Around Chapter 5 Seeds and Seeds
NCERT Class 5 EVS Seeds and Seeds
Looking Around Chapter 6 Every Drop Counts
NCERT Class 5 EVS Every Drop Counts
Looking Around Chapter 7 Experiments with Water
NCERT Class 5 EVS Experiments with Water
Looking Around Chapter 8 A Treat for Mosquitoes
NCERT Class 5 EVS A Treat for Mosquitoes
Looking Around Chapter 9 Up You Go!
NCERT Class 5 EVS Up You Go!
Looking Around Chapter 10 Walls Tell Stories
NCERT Class 5 EVS Walls Tell Stories
Looking Around Chapter 11 Sunita in Space
NCERT Class 5 EVS Sunita in Space
Looking Around Chapter 12 What if it Finishes..?
NCERT Class 5 EVS What if it Finishes
Looking Around Chapter 13 A Shelter so High!
NCERT Class 5 EVS A Shelter so High
Looking Around Chapter 14 When the Earth Shook!
NCERT Class 5 EVS When the Earth Shook
Looking Around Chapter 15 Blow Hot, Blow Cold
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Looking Around Chapter 16 Who will do this Work?
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Looking Around Chapter 17 Across the Wall
NCERT Class 5 EVS Across the Wall
Looking Around Chapter 18 No Place for Us?
NCERT Class 5 EVS No Place for Us
Looking Around Chapter 19 A Seed Tells a Farmer’s Story
NCERT Class 5 EVS A Seed Tells a Farmer Story
Looking Around Chapter 20 Whose Forests?
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Looking Around Chapter 21 Like Father, Like Daughter
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Looking Around Chapter 22 On the move Again
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