Our friends Emma and Simon who visited Lula Bari last week, also spent an afternoon at our boys home. Emma was here on the day that Ratan came, so for her it was very emotional to see him again. The moment he was brought into the house in 2012 was a particularly poignant memory for her.
Emma brought her partner Simon with her this time and it's always interesting to see our homes and young people through someone else's eyes.
In Simon's stunning photos below you can see that he has a great eye and it's no coincidence that his name on Instagram is @polyperspective.
The ever inventive Sunil Das has a new obsession.
Using scraps of found fabric he twists, binds and fastens until he has something that looks like a small figure.
It's almost like Sunil is doing an art installation in our locality. After making the dolls he's been placing them around the house and our neighborhood.
This one he positioned on the wall of the house opposite! Each of the dolls is different and we look forward to each new creation.
Bridget Scott has been to Kolkata before, but this is the first time she has danced for shuktara.
Bridget is from London and lives in Kyoto, Japan where she has been studying two Japanese dance forms: the avant garde style of Butoh and a very traditional form known as Nihon Buyoh.
On Friday evening 24th February 2017 Bridget came to shuktara boys home and performed a selection of Buyoh and Butoh for the young people from both of our homes on our rooftop.
The staff had decorated the roof with saris and placed beautiful textiles on the floor for everyone to sit on.
Bridget started with Buyoh and then did Butoh and some improvisation where she removed her obi (the tie around her waist) and ran around and in between the young people and staff of shuktara allowing them to hold and touch the obi as she ran.
It was an exciting, emotional and interactive performance and deeply moving as well because it was the night of Maha Shivaratri here in India.
We thank Maura Hurley for introducing Bridget to us and special thanks to Bridget who had a heartfelt wish to perform for our young people. We appreciated it. THANK YOU!
Pappu had not wanted to tell anyone our news about Raja until he felt that the time was right. He feels now that everyone ought to know that he got married!
In February 2014 he married a deaf girl called Riya and they now have a daughter, Oindrila who was born on 28th August 2015.
Raja and his family live independently as do Kedar and Sanjay. Every day Raja stops by to visit us and continues to do his painting in the shuktara boy’s house.
photo by Sarah Annay
It was in September last year (2016) that Pappu Mishra received the call about a young man with cerebral palsy found on the street alone. Taken by the police to a nursing home, Pappu went and found him in a room tied to a bed and arranged for him to be transferred to shuktara immediately.
Life has changed for Subhash Kumar. He now has a name and home!
Read more about Subhash. #shuktaramiracle