Barmer district

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Barmer (बाडमेर) is a district of Rajasthan state, India. Barmer is the district headquarters. Balotra, Guda Malani, Baytoo, Siwana, Jasol and Chohatan are other major towns.

Geography

Barmer is located in the western part of the state forming a part of the Thar Desert. The district is surrounded by Jaisalmer district in the north, Jalore district in the south, Pali district and Jodhpur district in the east and Pakistan in the west.

The total area of the district is 28387 km². The district is located between 24,58’ to 26, 32’N Latitudes and 70, 05’ to 72, 52’ E Longitudes.

Demographics

According to the Indian census 2001, the Barmer district's population is 1,963,758. The population constitutes 1,035,813 male, while females are 927,945. Hence sex ratio is 896 females per 1000 males, while density of population 69 persons per km². Literacy rate is 59.65%. Urban population is 145,241, while rural population is 1,818,517.

People and Culture

Barmer district is part of the Great Indian Desert or Thar Desert. Like all other districts in the desert region, Barmer is known for its folk music and dance. The Bhopas (priest singers) are found in Barmer, who compose music in honour of the deities of the region and its war heroes. The other folk musicians come from a community called the Muslim Dholis (drummers) for most of whom this is the only means of livelihood. Langas and Manganiars are the some of these communities.

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