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Friday, 07 June 2013 09:53
Band aid for beggars

bandaidIn Maximum City, where beggars and travelling musicians on trains are usually ignored and rarely noticed, Hemlata Tiwari, kind of, begs to differ. For the past four years the 22-year-old has been seeking out talented persons who sing and perform on trains for a living so that she can organise them into professional orchestras. It all began one day in May 2016 when Hemlata was going to Churchgate for a music concert. "There were two persons performing at the station and I realised no one was paying them any heed," she recalls.

The irony of the situation hit her hard: "I was going to a place where people were willing to pay Rs 1,000 for a music show. But no one bothered about talent that came free at the station. Even the Re 1 given to these artistes is treated as a huge charity." During the next few months, she started paying more attention to musicians on trains. She began exploring, with the help of family and friends, whether she could get these talented individuals together. But she encountered only apathy -- loved ones warned her against begging rackets and mafias, while others dismissed beggars as organised political racketeers.

Last August, Hemlata decided to shake off the negativism and travelled to Mumbai suburb Badlapur, home to many visually-impaired performers. "One of them promised to mobilise fellow musicians if I could organise a show," she says.

She now has five artistes with her -- a flautist, two percussionists and two vocalists. One of their earliest performances was for Mumbai's oldest Ganesh mandal, and there's been no looking back since then. At first, Hemlata's biggest challenge was convincing the artistes that this was for their own good. But the tide has turned now, with their earnings swelling from an uncertain daily earnings of Rs 200-500 on trains to an assured Rs 1,000 per person, per show.


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