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Mewat region lies between Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. In Rajasthan, it covers Alwar, Bharatpur and Dholpur. Most of the population in the area is rural with some small towns. The people of the Mewat are generally from a Muslim community of North-Western India known as Meo (pronounced May-o & Mev), often called as Mewati. The common language is Mewati, which is from the Indo-Aryan language family. It is a minor variant of the Haryanvi and Rajasthani dialects of Hindi. Also, a unique style of Indian classical music from Mewat is known as Mewati Gharana. The singers from the Mewati Gharana are known as Mirasi singers. Meos or Mewatis are believed to be Muslim Rajputs and the follow the sect culture of pals and gotra by the Hindu Kshatriyas. They are divided into 13 pals and 52 gotras. The main source of income among the Mewatis is agriculture, which is chiefly dependent on the monsoon due to the absence of good canal system.

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