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Few people know that reputed names like Elvis Presley, Pablo Picasso, Charlie Chaplin, Yul Brynner, Sir Michael Caine, Bob Hoskins and Illie Nastase all belonged to the Roma community. Thirty-three scholars from 12 countries and 15 scholars from India discussed the Indian roots of the Roma Community at the International Roma Conference, organised by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR). Gifted Roma artistes from 12 countries performed on the inaugural evening of the cultural festival held at the Azad.

The Roma community excels in the fields of arts, sciences, sports and even in politics. Romas are said to be the descendants of Indian communities like Dom, Banjara, Gujjar, Sansi, Chauhan, Sikligar,Dhangar and other nomadic groups from North West India. The Roma are known by different names in different countries like Zigeuner in Germany, Tsiganes or Manus in France, Tatara in Sweden, Gitano in Spain, Tshingana in Turkey and Greece, Tsigan in Russia, Bulgaria and Romania and as Gypsies in Britain.

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