30 x 30 cm
oil on canvas
elderly father works in a factory and his mother is a housemaid but they
could not earn enough to keep their 5 children. An ’uncle’ offered
to take him to Delhi to educate him and send money back home in return
for a small amount of work.
20 other children he lived, worked and slept in a windowless room in a
Zari workshop, working from 1pm to 4am for 50 rupees (around 50p) a
week. From this he had to buy his own water to drink. If he made a
mistake in the embroidery he received a beating. If he cried he was
beaten more. Once when he was sick and fell asleep at his work, his
employer cut off his eyelashes. At Bal Ashram he loves to sing. He wants
to study hard to become an engineer.