Month: January 2015

Sumon, Raju, Bablu, Ashok and LION film friends

Like many of our boys, Saroo left his home on a train for a bit of excitement, and ended up in a care home here in Kolkata.
The only difference is that Saroo finally landed in Tasmania and found his family again through Google Earth.

His life story, starring Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman, is being filmed in India and Bablu, Ashok, Sumon and Raju all had small parts to play – interestingly enough, in a scene very much like some of them have lived through themselves – in a Government Home.
Read the amazing story here:
A Home at the End of Google Earth

Thank you to Hilary Niederer and Miranda Harcourt for putting us all together, choosing Ashok, Bablu Lal, Sumon & Raju to be part of this amazing story, known as LION – but especially for the generosity and love from Anurag, Ambica and Sunny – Assistant Directors taking time out to visit us yesterday during filming.

shuktara - Raju and Sumon
Raju and Sumon listening to direction for their parts in the film

 

shuktara - Raju, Bablu, Sumon
Raju, Bablu and Sumon take a break from filming

 

shuktara - Sumon, Raju, Bablu & Ashok
Sumon, Raju, Bablu, Ashok and friends from the film

 

Saraswati Puja at shuktara 2015

Saraswati is the goddess of wisdom and learning. Every year the celebration at shuktara is anticipated by everyone with great excitement. An elaborate statue of the goddess is chosen and taken to the house. On the roof a home for the goddess is constructed the night before with fresh flowers – this year there were pink egg cartons also to add to the festive atmosphere. On the day of Saraswati Puja everyone puts on their best clothes and participate in the ritual of the goddess by chanting Sanskrit and throwing handfuls of fresh flower petals to accentuate the prayers.

shuktara - Saraswati Puja 2015
Bablu and Moni
shuktara - Saraswati Puja 2015
Lali
shuktara - Saraswati Puja 2015
Muniya – first time in a sari
shuktara - Saraswati Puja 2015
Prity and Tamina
shuktara - Saraswati Puja 2015
Sanjay, Raja Singh and Raja Mohan Das
shuktara - Saraswati Puja 2015
Sunil and the goddess
shuktara - Saraswati Puja 2015
Tamina, Muniya and Lali
shuktara - Muniya

Abandoned almost a year ago now Muniya’s home is with shuktara.

Just over a year ago Muniya, like many other children with disabilities, was abandoned by her mother and left alone on the street. Some, like her, are lucky enough to find safety in places like shuktara! This photo was taken today by Pappu Mishra (Chairman of shuktara) in Lula Bari, our girls house. It is the place that Muniya now knows as her own home and we will never abandon her.
shuktara - Muniya

More about Muniya…