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? slips on a pair of shoes and rushes to work.900 old ships have been broken and recycled in the last three decades, But the truth is some of India’s human development indicators are very poor. I believe it is better to push it down because it is incredibly difficult to set up a ministry in Delhi and deliver a service in Chhattisgarh or any other area. These are the issues.’ He gives very mixed signals. with an average of 30 films a year,makes Rs 20 crore annually The jatra turnover industry professionals say is anything between Rs 120 crore and Rs 130 crore a year *** At Dhakulei village there is still some time for the play to begin Around 11 pm a bunch of girls and boys come up on the stage for a 90-minute dance to peppy Odia songs Konark’s choreographer-cum-main dancer is Litu Mohapatra 33 Dressed in a shiny silver suit he poses on a motorcycle for his photograph Born to a jatra artiste Mohapatra was orphaned at the age of 11 He was at the time training in Gotipua Odisha’s oldest dance form in which small boys dress up as girls He joined Konark nine years ago where he now directs 24 boys and girls Mohapatra’s wife Runu 26 too is part of the Konark troupe Her father is paralysed she says and she had little choice but to drop out of school in Class VI and start working Runu who remains a dancer 12 years after joining jatras dreams of playing a “heroine” Apart from the money other things change for the “stars” “When we wear skimpy clothes as dancers we have to suffer lewd remarks” she says They have learnt to treat the catcalls as “admiration” Together the couple make around Rs 3-4 lakh a year But that doesn’t compensate Runu says for leaving behind their daughter 7 with her mother-in-law at Puri “I wanted to put her in an English-medium school but the cost was too much So this year I put her in an Odia-medium school” she says Runu Mohapatra (on the stage left) with other dancers before the play begins Like Mohapatra 58-year-old Basant Sahu started young at 17 He now does character roles Sahu was born to a Pala singer Once his father died it fell upon Sahu to provide for his six siblings One of his younger brothers is now an assistant engineer in the Water Resources Department while another is a software engineer Applying powder on his face Sahu smiles little as he talks about staying sleepless “night after night” The lights have started to hurt his eyes he says Sahu’s eyes still twinkle though when he talks about the time he acted with his wife Parvati in Konark till three-four years ago “With your life partner around the hardships seem less” he says adding Parvati stays home now to look after his ailing mother *** The rehearsals for the new season take place mostly in July “If a troupe is to enact three-four new plays in the season the rehearsals last a month” says director Ashrumochan Mohanty The music assistants rehearse separately before they all finally practise together Once the travel starts there is no time for rehearsals The dancers though must squeeze in some practice every day Runu Mohapatra calls July the toughest month for them “We wake up by 5 am and practise from 6 am till 8 After breakfast we start again at 930 am and continue till 1 pm Then we have lunch and resume practice at 6 pm which goes on till 11 pm” The dance masters are unsparing Runu adds She remembers getting hit on the leg by them if she got a step wrong when she started out “We would even be asked to kneel on the gravel” Jatra director Minaketan Patnaik says the dancers perhaps have the toughest life of all jatra artistes “The payment is hardly adequate for the work they put in or the conditions in which they live” While “A-class troupes” such as Konark earn round Rs 15 lakh-Rs 2 lakh a night mostly raised from tickets priced between Rs 30 and Rs 200 “C-class” ones (also called Malei parties) like Bharati Gananatya earn Rs 50000-Rs 60000 The presence of big names on the rolls decides the matter Top artistes such as Odia cinema baddie Raimohan Parida and film actress Ushasi Mishra can earn up to Rs 42 lakh and Rs 35 lakh a year respectively but dancers in C-grade troupes get around Rs 50000 for working through the year Ratikanta Parida 38 is now among the top performers cornering the meaty role of hero or villain in his plays He became a part of jatras fresh after college after trying his hand at selling tractors Now he can draw in a crowd on his own Parida smiles He and wife Mituna earn about Rs 25 lakh annually “In which other profession do you make money working for just five hours We make lot more than an average youngster in Odisha” says Parida While most of the troupe travels by a bus Parida and Mituna move around in their Tata Indigo “If I can afford a car? barricaded by steel and iron railings with microphones hanging from overhead, You replied that the elections were coming up and I was required for party work.

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