Vishal Bhatt breathes fire above Shadipur. The Bhatts, a huge extended family of puppeteers, singers and dancers are all from Rajasthan. When the traditional nomadic lifestyles of courtly entertainers declined, the families moved to the cities to find work.
Shadipur Depot, an industrial area in West Delhi is home to a remarkable collection of performers, artists and circus acts, many of whom perform internationally. The area is a large slum (also known as a jhuggi cluster) with open sewers, few amenities and great poverty.