The Gypsies of South India is one of the ten paintings sent by Raja Ravi Varma to the World's Columbian Exposition at Chicago in 1893. This painting depicts an impoverished gypsy woman singing as she plays a tambura (stringed musical instrument). On her lap is a baby asleep and oblivious to the harsh reality of life while a boy sits beside her. The girl seated on the floor looks desolate at the beyond, possibly in fear of what lies ahead. The painting is also called 'Poverty'.