Reality of India
January 7, 2012 9:24 AM Subscribe
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This is a story of a young man named Chotu Lohar* from a small nondescript village in one of the poorest states
of India. He dropped out of school to work in the iron mines. Music on a radio was the only entertainment available in his house but last year
he came to national notice on a reality show called Dance India Dance
- where although his untutored enthusiasm and energy captured attention - he was unable to make the cut. His passion, on the other hand, caught the interest
** of the show's producers who took him under their wing and a year later, he's just made
the shortlist for this year's show.
Reality TV has come late to India but gained immense
popularity so rapidly that the phenomenon
media. There has been
much discussion on its 'corruptive influence
' on youth and society but the stories that emerge
of those that made good offer
a different perspective on their value.
These young people no longer have to act or rely on the whimsy of directors and producers. The dream now trades on raw ability. To sing, to dance, to laugh. Stardom has been democratised and it seems all of India is lining up at the booth.
*Chotu Lohar literally means 'little ironworker'. No translation of the video story (last year link) was available so here's a synopsis: I come from a little village known as 'little village' in the iron working district of Orissa. I have always loved dance and listening to music and dancing gave me something in life since I was a young boy. We are poor so I had to leave school to go to work to help feed my family, I have worked on the roads, breaking stones and also in the iron mines. My father has said this is my first and last chance (season 2, his first appearance) as we cannot afford for me to do this. I listened to Vividh Bharati (state run radio) and let the music teach me how to move.
**Dialogue between producer and Chotu: “Aap agar untrained hoke itna achha dance kar sakte ho....toh I wonder under training aap kitna achha perform karoge,” was Remo’s immediate reaction. A teary-eyed Chotu said, “Sir, train karne ke liye paise kahan hai....pet bharne ke liye paise nahi hote, dance karne ke liye paise kahan se laoonga.” Chotu says "Sir, where is the money for training? There's no money to fill the stomach, where will I bring money to dance?"