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Uttrakhand Singers - Sant Ram & Anandi Devi

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Published on Oct 24, 2012

Many people visited the 'blind couple' post publication of a news about pitiful condition of Smt. Anandi Devi & Sh. Sant Ram; however the news remained a news to most of them. Members of Team Bedupako also visited the couple in May'11 last year and what they saw and felt there was inexpressible.

This is what Govind & Prakash (Team Bedupako @ Uttarakhand) have to say about their experience, " We met the blind yet talented couple Shri. Sant Ram & Smt. Anandi Devi on May 05, 2011 in their village. They live in village Peepli, 25 Kms. away from Almora in Bhaisiya Chhana Block of Dhaulchhina district. They are Uttrakhandi Folk artists who sang to earn their bread & butter. However, for past couple of months their condition has become pitiful. Shri Sant Ram Ji was blind from birth; his wife Smt. Anandi Devi could however, see with one eye. It's this one eye which was the sole support system of this couple who went to fairs during festival season and earned some money by singing there. Unfortunately, Smt. Anandi Devi also lost her vision completely some time back. With her vision the couple lost their only source of income as well.

When we went to meet them; they were overwhelmed and their eyes filled with water. When we asked them about their family; they shared they don't have any kids and Sh. Sant Ram Ji's only brother evicted them from his home stating he couldn't take care of them. At present, they live in a small room provided by a well-wisher. It was painful to see their condition and tough to think that two people who were born with the blessings of Goddess Saraswati in their throat and sweetness in voice are now struggling for just two meals a day. We can only say, society has not only left a folk couple but also our folk culture's future in dark. If the situation persists Kumaon will lose this folk couple to its insensitivity."

To read more please visit: http://bedupako.com/blog/2012/01/01/o...

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