Sonalal, a luckless middle-aged man making a living with his been pipe and his beloved cobra, Raju. Despite his great skills, Sonalalís drinking and womanizing seem to have marked him for a life of insignificance. Then one remarkable afternoon he produces music so beautiful he is certain the gods must be listening. But in a shocking act of defiance, Raju bites his master, and the consequences of this terrible moment will change Sonalalís life forever.
The Snake Charmer traces Sonalalís odyssey through unexpected celebrity and the fickleness of fortune, and follows him on his sometimes humorous quest for answers to the unanswerable questions of love, life, and art.