Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Street Children of Dhaka, Bangladesh

UNICEF defines street children as, "those who are of the street and on the street." In this study, the term street children refers to those children of 5 to 14 years of age who earn their living on the city streets and stay there for most, or all, of the day. They may or may not have parents or legal guardians. On a study says- street children were categorized into four groups: children of 5-14 years of age who work on the streets the whole day and 

a) live on the streets without any family
b) live on the streets with their family
c) return to another family; and 
d) return to their own family.

Of the 300 street children 84% were boys and 16% were girls. The median age for boys was 12 years and girls were 7 to 8 years. The younger age for girls was largely because of the sexual harassment that the adolescent girls usually face, which force them to work in other sectors. Most of the street children work in the informal sector and their working hours vary widely.

An important observation from a survey was that 91% of these street children who generally work for the whole day are virtually dependent on their income on a daily basis. Less than a third of the children are able to earn a poor sum of 20-30 taka per day. Almost all of their income is usually spent for food with little or no savings. A significant number of the respondents (65%) contribute towards the income of their family.

Photo taken on Zial Uddan, Dhaka
Photo taken on Shadarghat Launch Terminal, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Photo taken on Kamrangirchor, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Photo taken on Kamlapur Railway Satation, Dhaka, Banglaesh
Photo taken on Airport Station, Dhaka Bangladesh.
Photo taken on Airport Station, Dhaka, Bangladesh. 
Photo taken on Kamlapur Station Dhaka, Bangladesh.
A recent report by the Arise NGO, funded jointly by the Bangladeshi government and the United Nations, says that those three out of 10 urban children live in difficult circumstances and are involved in dangerous jobs. 

Reports due to be published imminently by Save the Children and the United Nations Children Fund will reach similar conclusions.

They are both expected to point out that a growing number of children in Bangladesh are being sucked into begging or prostitution.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Bijoya Dashami Celebrations, Durga Puja, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Durga Puja (Bengali: দুর্গা পূজা, Worship of Durga), also referred as Durgotsab (Bengali: দুর্গোৎসব, Festival of Durga) is an annual Bengali festival that celebrates worship of Hindu goddess Durga. It refers to all the six days observed as Mahalaya, Shashthi , Maha Saptami, Maha Ashtami, Maha Nabami and Bijoya Dashami..
There are numerous Durga Puja pandals in Bangladesh where বিজয়া দশমী Bijaea Doshomi is officially recognized as a government holiday. Festivals are organized in every district center of Bangladesh, as well as in the thanas and villages. In 2011, the approximate number of Puja Mandap in Bangladesh is 21,649+

Puja Mondop in Tati Bazer, Old Town, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Puja Mondop in Tati Bazer, Old Town, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Puja Mondop in Tati Bazer, Old Town, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Showing respect to Debi Durga
Colorful Bijoya Dashami
Colorful Bijoya Dashami
Colorful Bijoya Dashami
Every age-
Every one

Beside Bijoya Dashami, some parents brings their new born for some religious faith (good health).
Beside Bijoya Dashami, some parents brings their new born for some religious faith (better life).
Last Moment

Last Touch

After worshipping the Maha Dashami at different puja mandaps, the devotees will bring out Bijoya Dashami procession carrying Durga and her children to riverbanks in the afternoon.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Bengali Folk Theatre-Jatra Pala

Bengali Folk Theatre-Jatra Pala
Jatra means journey in actual. In Bengal Jatra term is known as a kind of folk theatre. Basically the Jatras are based on ancient epics and current socio-politics. The time it actually takes round about 4 hour with a combination of dialogues and music with dancing. In one word this is a musical drama. Songs, dialogues and dances are the main attraction of the Jatra as well as the topic on which the Jatra is based upon. 

The back stage story made one “Moushumi Jatra Pala” unit. They are form Kustia, Bangladesh. Nearly 45 members work on the unit. Most of are hindu religion. They believe in “Laxmi” 

Before artist take make up, the room is prepared for them.
The Hero (Shuvagoto) preparing himself for the show.
Make-up session going on.

Beside the preparation somebody are doing fun in the back stage.

Final check on the script.

Stage is ready

Also music team

Showing regards to “Laxmi”. They believe- She will bring good luck for them.


Congratulating each other for a successful show-

It’s all about brother hood. Most of the time, they have to spend 4-5 months all around the country. 
They believe this is their family.