14th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
Little folk artists have taken a passenger train to earn their daily bread.
These child artists of 'Bohurupee' clan are now reduced to begging from commuters in the public transport by showing their performance. Their parents wake them up early morning, dab their faces with cheap paint and drag them to railway stations or bus stands in stead of taking them to schools.
This photograph is a part of my photo project depicting the life of these children who have been betrayed of a sustainable development of their childhood. Their emotional, cognitive and social faculties are not duly taken care of. As a result this traditional art form of Bengal that derives its strength from delicate sensibilities of the performer is passing to the hands of young artists who are merely mimics and caricatures and are prone to drug and sexual abuse.
© Somenath Mukhopadhyay.
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||Nov. 30, 2016, 4:06 p.m.
||Canon EOS 5D Mark III