Gulabo Sapera

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The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee presenting the Padma Shri Award to Smt. Gulabo Sapera, at a Civil Investiture Ceremony, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on 28 March 2016

Gulabo Sapera (aka Gulabo or Dhanvantri; born 1973) is an Indian dancer from Rajasthan, India.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Gulabo was the seventh child of her parents. She was buried live by her relatives just one hour of her birth Gulabi mother came to know that her daughter was burid by her replatives she was in anger but later rescued by her mom and aunt. She was born in 1973 Kalbaliya community.[2] Gulabo Sapera became a celebrity dancer later in life.[3]

In 2011, Gulabo featured in the reality television show Bigg Boss as contestant no. 12.[4] She spoke openly about the truth behind her birth and how some of her relatives from her community tried burying her alive when her father was away from home, since there were already three other girls in the family. Gulabo's father used to worship Mother Goddess so he always loved all of his daughters as blessings from goddess and more particularly the youngest one as he was afraid that someone can kill her in his absence. This story was featured in the Bigg Boss (Season 5) day one as she informed the audience about it herself. A book is also written by Thierry Robin and Véronique Guillien in French i.e. Gulabi Sapera, danseuse gitane du Rajasthan, means Gulabo sapera, the gypsy dancer from Rajasthan.[citation needed]


The Government of India awarded her the civilian honour of the Padma Shri in 2016.[5]


Year Shows Role Channel Notes
2011 Bigg Boss 5 Celebrity Contestant Colors TV Evicted Week 2, Day 14


  1. ^ "गुलाबो ने कहा, नहीं करेंगे सरकारी कार्यक्रम" (in Hindi). Dainik Bhaskar. 22 April 2011. Retrieved 4 October 2011.
  2. ^ Thierry Robin and Véronique Guillien (2000) Gulabi Sapera, danseuse gitane du Rajasthan, ISBN 2-7427-3129-6
  3. ^ Soparrkar, Sandip (28 September 2017). "Kalbeliya dancer who charms". The Asian Age. Retrieved 4 May 2020.
  4. ^ "Jonty Rhodes and Navjot Singh Sidhu may still join Bigg Boss 5". 3 October 2011. Retrieved 16 January 2020.
  5. ^ "Padma Awards 2016". Press Information Bureau, Government of India. 2016. Retrieved 2 February 2016.