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sukhbai

They do not try to please. They are wary, almost hostile. Sukhbai has learned from her elders to keep her face impassive while she performs. They tell me her name reluctantly.

Only the purple beads around her neck and the glitter on her red and blue dress allow me to think that perhaps sometimes, she does smile.

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17 comments on “sukhbai

  1. Chintan Gupta
    October 23, 2011

    I feel really sad when I see the street performers…in a way its artistic, in a way challenges of life, perhaps someone with future in gymnastics? but, it just makes me sad!

    • Banno
      October 23, 2011

      Chintan, the performances always make you stop in the middle of the road and watch, even for a few seconds. It’s a way of life, that is what the families have done for generations.

  2. harveypam
    October 23, 2011

    There is this feeling of sheer helplessness that sweeps over me when I see such things.

    I am sure she does smile.

    • Banno
      October 23, 2011

      Harvey, I am sure she does. Perhaps the hostility the family has built up is to protect themselves from unwanted advances.

  3. magiceye
    October 23, 2011

    sad…

    • Banno
      October 23, 2011

      Magiceye, yes, sad.

  4. dipali
    October 25, 2011

    Such a tiny, wee thing :(

    • Banno
      October 26, 2011

      Yes, Dipali, she was heartrendingly small.

  5. Dhawal
    July 26, 2012

    Somebody please report her parents to the police. Taking away a kid’s childhood is one thing, but making her walk on a tight-rope is risking her life. What has she done to deserve this, so early in life? Is this really 21st century India?
    This would not be allowed to happen if it was Ahmedabad.

    • Banno
      July 27, 2012

      Dhawal, thank you for your comment. You are right, the elders should be reported. Somehow, it never struck any of us watching the little girl. We take so much injustice for granted. I don’t live in Bangalore. But I do hope that the next time someone sees a show like this, they will take some action. Is there a group in Ahmedabad, which keeps a watch on such incidents?

      • Dhawal
        July 27, 2012

        I’m not aware of any such group in Ahmedabad, but that’s a good idea. There must be human rights organisations in Bangalore that can do something about this. We should bring this little girl to their notice.
        What I meant about Ahmedabad is that, there is still a sense of community present here. Maybe there really *is* less poverty here, or maybe because poor people find work, I have not seen children doing hazardous jobs in last atleast 10 years. Ahmedabad also has it’s share of bad things, but maybe in the more modern cities people are more disconnected from each other. I don’t know, something about this broke my impression of Bangalore and Koramangala.

        • Banno
          July 30, 2012

          Dhawal, Yes, I understand that about Ahmedabad. I find a similar ‘lack of poverty’ when I visit Baroda.

          • Dhawal
            July 30, 2012

            I sent a mail to CRY Bangalore about this. But I doubt if they will be able to do much about it, as it would be extremely difficult to locate the girl. I also found the website of ‘Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights’, but they require particular details to be given about the complaint, so I left that.
            I hope someone is able to do something to help her.

            • Banno
              July 30, 2012

              Thank you, Dhawal, for making the effort. I don’t really know anyone in Bangalore in the Koramangala area, but I can ask a couple of friends to keep a look out.

            • Banno
              September 29, 2012

              Thank you, Dhawal, for following up.

  6. Dhawal
    September 29, 2012


    12:19

  7. Dhawal
    September 29, 2012

    See at 12:19 in the above video.
    I didn’t know the link would turn into an embedded video, so didn’t write the time in a prominent place. Sorry about that.

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