Posted: 10 May 2012 at 8:53pm | IP Logged
Its the Story of 'Sugni', born in bedia tribe, young Sugani is also
being made to realize that she is no exception and she will have to do
the same what her mother has been doing so far-'Rai and prostitution'
but since Sugni is a little literate and has got decent knowledge about
the world outside her tribe, she knows about the life of other women who
live their lives with pride, unlike a Bedni; those who are someone's
daughter, someone's sister, and someone's lawful wife... those who
reside in the 'Homes' and lead a life which is well protected by a roof
of relations over their heads, unlike a Bedni who is meant to be the
amusement for all the men of the vicinity. Sugni wants the same roof of
relations for herself. She aspires to become a bride, desires to become a
daughter-in-law, she wants to be a 'one man' woman instead of someone
who belongs to all the men. No other Bedni has ever dared to dream of
her own wedding instead of performing at others' weddings. But that's
what Sugni dreams of-'getting married!'
This is not just a dream.
Its Sugni's attempt to change the age old tradition, which the corrupt
society will never let go off. The blossom of Sugni's youth has already
become the talk of the town, she has become the new sensation and heart
throb amongst the men. So many decent propositions for her 'Sardhakai' (
a ritual before she enters the trade), are already her way. And this is
sufficient enough to encourage her mamas who find it difficult to
manage the expenditure to the family with what their aging sister earns.
They start making their own plans for a bright future but as Sugni's
refusal to Rai and Sardhakai shifts the ground beneath them.
her journey sugni will not only encounter the evil face of the man who
becomes her 'owner' but she will also experience the love with young
adityababu who inspite of belonging to the thakur clan showers her with respect and holds her diginity.
In this story we
intend to tell the story of those who are marginalized due to the
social deformities. Sugni's story represents the story of those who are
neither demanding a ground nor a sky of their own, but the right to feel
being human and to be proud of that, is all what they are asking for.
constitutes to the pride heritage of our country with the courageous
tales and the colorful tradition of 'Bundelas'; but the same
Bundelkhand, on the contrary sets an example of heinous human
exploitation by a so called tradition of a tribal group called Bedia-the
tradition of 'Rai dance'. The word 'Rai' is derived from 'Rasa' a dance
performed by lord Krishna. As per the tradition 'Rai' was meant for
pleasing the lord but later it deformed and became a medium of pleasing
the devotees rather. With the course of time further more deformities
took place and Rai dance became a part of general celebrations and
social gathering finally getting victimized by human desires. Since the
main occupation of Bedia tribe has been Rai dance, it gradually became
insufficient for the livelihood of the entire family, therefore the Rai
performers inevitably entered the flesh trade under constraint, for the
sake of the bread and butter of their families. And this constraint
later took the form of the tradition for them. Although flesh trade is
not the stated occupation of the tribals of Bedia Tribe but the fact is
that, today its their main occupation well covered behind the colors of
Rai Dance. This is the reason why the word Bedni, meaning the women of
Bedia tribe i.e. the Rai performers, is used as an epithet in the local
This is a story where a group of people, conspires
against another group of people by limiting their right to live life
normally. The story of a tradition which allows humans to treat other
humans as animals, rather means of their own amusement. It is a story of
those who lead a doomed life taking it as a punishment given by the
almighty and think its nothing but their destiny to remain like this. It
is also a story of those who use their entity, power and wealth to make
other humans into their slaves, those who claim to be the
representatives of the society and in fact shame the society itself.
This story attempts to expose the truth of the tradition, which is
relished by the civilized society as one of its high standards, and
which actually shames the humanity.