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(Also read:? #?initiated by the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre. “Even a child knows that if Haryana were to go to polls today, Bishnoi knows it isn’t going to be easy for him.lab equipment and other necessary things, said Higher Secondary Education Minister Rangnath Mishra The schools will be opened in areas where there is no intermediate or high school within five kilometres Some schools up to Class VIII would be upgraded Nearly 1 lakh teachers would be appointed on a contract basis to teach in these schools They would be recruited by the states project co-ordination committee for Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan For all the latest Lucknow News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Agencies | Los Angeles | Published: May 17 2012 10:46 am Related News Rapper Jay Z says every couple gay and straight has the right to tie the knot The ‘Who Gon Stop Me’ hitmakerwho recently celebrated his fourth wedding anniversary with Beyonce Knowlesvoiced his support for same-sex marriage on May 15 during Budweiser music festival in Philadelphiareported Us magazine “I have always thought of it as something that is still holding the country back What people do in their own homes is businessand you can choose to love whoever you love their business It is no different than discriminating blacks It’s discriminationplain and simple” he said With this initiativethe 42-year-old Grammy award winner has joined a growing list of celebrities and politicians who are using their fame as a platform for social change For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Suanshu Khurana | Updated: April 9 2017 3:23 pm Swara Bhaskar in the film Anarkali of Arah Related News We are looking for the house of Bijli Rani and Chand Rani in Natwar a sleepy little village 70 kilometres from Ara Bihar In the distance a tractor passes by jangling to the raucous beat of Kamariya kare lapa lap Shops play tinny Bhojpuri numbers all heavily auto-tuned In this narrow alley everyone knows of Chand and Bijli Three decades ago the two sisters were the stars of the Bhojpuri live performance industry They were not coy women singing about love and biraha They were like the protagonist of Avinash Das’s film Anaarkali of Aarah troubadours of desire They sang songs explicit about lust and longing: Raja chhu ke jani chhodi bada mann karta or Jobanwa jamp maare choli mein They knew how to string men along with a wink and a thumka They were the toast of the naach celebrations of marriage birthdays hosted by the relatively rich and mostly upper-caste men of rural Bihar where alcohol flowed late into the night “When they got on the stage and sang it was mayhem In a patriarchal society where women didn’t go out much and did only household chores here were these singers performing on stage singing double-meaning songs” says Patna-based Nirala who runs the website bidesiacoin and is a researcher of Bhojpuri music But Bijli Rani is not home to tell us of those electric nights She no longer lives here Nor does Chand We find our way to her niece’s house nearby Roshni Rani is 18 years old dressed in a black T-shirt and a pair of harem pants She was 15 when she started singing and dancing in The Great Rekha Rani Theatre Company led by Bijli’s daughter Rekha The troupe charges between Rs 50000 and Rs 60000 for a performance and Roshni earns almost Rs 15000 a month in a good season (April-July and October-March when all weddings and Hindu festivals take place) Roshni’s songs are innuendo-laden full of playful allusions to sex and she performs for raucous crowds of men who whistle applaud dance and fire guns On one such night of ribaldry in Sasaram a village in Rohtas district a bullet nearly killed her “This was last year I was twirling on the stage at a baraat naach when a bullet grazed the side of my eye and hit me near the left ear A pistol was fired by a drunk man” says Roshni without rancour or rage Was anyone arrested for the shooting “They say he is on the run I don’t believe it though” she says Nisha Vishwakarma is a singer-dancer from Chhattisgarh (Express photo by Prashant Ravi) One wayward drunk is not a dealbreaker for her “There is something about that applause It wants me to keep dancing” says Roshni Her work has taken her to Delhi and she will soon be travelling to other parts of Bihar and eastern Uttar Pradesh She doesn’t underestimate the risk “[But] risk toh kis kaam mein nahi hai Shaadi mein bhi toh hai (There is risk in everything no Even in getting married)” she says with a wry smile Ara a town near the confluence of the Sone and Ganga rivers is at the heart of Anaarkali of Aarah a film about consent and the life of a musician Swara Bhaskar plays a pan-chewing innuendo-slinging Bhojpuri singer who makes a living by performing lewd songs on stage The film is loosely based on an incident in 2011 when Chhapra-based Bhojpuri singer Devi complained of being molested by vice-chancellor DP Sinha of Jai Prakash Narayan University in Chhapra Says Das of the character in the film: “She is the singer of these raunchy numbers she is relatively poor and is low on police priority As her songs are full of sexual undertones people assume that she is inviting them to touch her” Devi 39 recalls being the object of such impertinence “The men begin to consider you their property and misbehave on the stage I wasn’t even singing anything lewd yet a drunk public figure got on the stage and tried to touch me” says Devi in a phone conversation from Mumbai She took back her complaint after Sinha who almost lost his job apologised to her in public But she also moved to Mumbai and began singing more “acceptable” numbers and songs of devotion Another thread in the film comes from the story of Tarabano Faizabadi a singer who had to flee Faizabad after being sexually harassed by neighbours and those in the audience She is believed to have come to Delhi’s Seelampur The filmmaker’s search yielded no results but his research led him to Munnibai of the Munni Orchestra Group in Ara Once a nautanki artiste 49-year-old Munnibai now performs on stage besides running a brothel Dressed in a blue-and-yellow sari she welcomes us with paan in a music room that has seen better days A mattress lies on the floor and dusty harmoniums and tablas line a shelf on the wall First we must speak to her “aadmi” (patron) for permission to quote her That out of the way Munnibhai is a little less wary though still guarded about the past She was the daughter of a courtesan who grew up in Ara amid music dance and the idea of entertaining men “I learnt music at the feet of the gurus I took taaleem from them and began to do mujra naach when I was 17-18 years old” she says Bijli Rani in her house in Patna (Express photo by Prashant Ravi) But what she learnt is not what she performs now “Who was listening to that music Sunnewale toh khatam ho gaye ab You can’t go hungry after a while” says Munnibai As competitors and age caught up prostitution was the only way out In Bihar most women who sing and dance belong to nomadic communities such as Nat and Bhaat who have been involved with the arts for centuries Many others are from the “lower” castes poor and without an education When Roshni’s mother passed away half a decade ago her father asked his sister to take care of her and she found refuge in Bijli Rani’s home Theirs was a family with a history of music even if those glory days are only the stuff of family conversations “Ma [Bijli Rani] was not happy with the idea of us learning the songs she sang on stage But she would sit with a baaja (instrument) and teach us something that her mother my naani taught her These were the songs she learnt as a child while accompanying her parents for nautanki performances” says Rekha about the songs that are no longer sung at any naach Shyama Devi Bijli Rani’s mother was an important figure in Bihar’s nautanki tradition One of her contemporaries was Gulab Bai the first female nautanki singer who was awarded a Padma Shri in 1990 six years before she died Nautanki the operatic style of Indian folk theatre originated in Uttar Pradesh but travelled with its performers to Bihar Shyama Devi was married to an instrument maker and tabla player and the two performed together in a mandli Little Bijli would accompany the two and watch wide-eyed as her mother would “transform into various characters” Roshni in Ara sister of Rekha Rani (Express photo by Prashant Ravi) During her time nautanki music had not lost its sheen of respectability Gulab Bai and Shyama Devi sang songs written by playwright and folk singer Bhikhari Thakur and writer and freedom fighter Mahendra Misir Thakur also called the “Shakespeare of Bhojpuri” is well known for creating the 20th century theatre form bidesia which spoke of caste communalism and upheld women’s rights among others Misir was a folk singer and the pioneer of purvi a form of Bhojpuri folk and wrote songs for all the courtesans who lived between Benaras and Calcutta “But we love to erase history So if you ask people in Bihar they’ll say that he wrote deshbhakti geet These men wrote of a woman’s heart its pain and triumphs Just because people aren’t comfortable with the idea of Misir writing for courtesans and yet want to own him as a cultural symbol they hide behind a few deshbhakti geet” says Nirala From Gulab Bai and Shyama Devi to Munnibhai is a steep fall in the arts “With the passage of time raga-based singing went into the background Poverty not only led to double-meaning songs but also prostitution” says Das But as his film shows for many women the music is a way to earn some freedom Almost 35 km west of Ara is Samvarsha a village near Jagdishpur where “party malik” Nirmal Gupta runs The Great Indian Sita Theatre Company Its lead singer is 21-year-old Nisha Vishwakarma aka Mogra currently the talk of many villages because of her high-pitched voice and tuneful compositions “She’s not pretty but she is our T-Series I can gamble thousands in her name and her voice wouldn’t disappoint” says Gupta Nisha is a lanky wide-eyed girl from Korba in Chhattisgarh with a nasal voice as unmissable as her pink lipstick As a manager and owner of the company Gupta is particular about security and ensures there is a circle of barbed wire when the girls take to the stage A performer from Bengal Many of the women in the industry now are not from Bihar Nirala believes that has a lot to do with the state’s patriarchal social culture “Where are the female writers poets and musicians of Bihar Our social fabric has patriarchy woven in it to such an extent that men haven’t allowed their wives and daughters to learn music and dance Instead they have brought women from other parts of the country to entertain them” says Nirala “Their poverty has been exploited and nautanki has reached its present degraded condition” Right outside the half-built airless room where she lives with six other girls mostly from Chhattisgarh Nisha tells us she loves the spotlight “When I go to other villages now people come and ask me ‘Aap Nishaji hain na’ It makes me very happy Do you know I have also cut an album” she says and plays a song she had recorded with a local music company in Raipur She makes close to Rs 12000 a month a little more than the girls who only dance Nisha is from an OBC family and her father is a carpenter back home “My brothers used to learn classical music and I would listen I love music So I came here to mausaji (Gupta) who helps with these live performances As a female singer to find success in Bihar this is what you sing I live for the applause I feel so good when crowds go crazy when I am on the stage” says Nisha Her parents are not happy with the choice she has made “They don’t want me to sing and dance as it is not considered nice for good girls But it’s an art to stand on stage and perform” she says Our search for Bijli Rani ends at Kela Mandi in Patna Next to a row of coaching classes the 51-year-old lives with her son daughter-in-law and grandchildren The wrinkles show from under a quick coat of make-up She is wearing a yellow anarkali kurta and her hair is coloured brown “I couldn’t live in that atmosphere anymore So I moved out I wanted my children to be away from the ashleelta (vulgarity) that is now the hallmark of Bhojpuri industry Gone are the days when people came to listen Now they want to stare at our bodies I have seen and done both sides of it But no more” says Bijli Rani On our request she sings one of her favourite numbers Piyawa jaat bada police je behaliya mein from the film Gaadi No 11 The autotune machines are far away in Delhi where she now records and the song in her unadorned voice reminds one of biraha ke geet (songs of separation) A row of music companies in Ara (Express photo by Prashant Ravi) Bijli Rani was 12 when she began performing with her parents With the decline of nautanki and the audience moving to racy tracks the tone and tenor of her music changed Bhojpuri films were the trendsetters and Bijli Rani had to keep up She also had to learn to dance “You couldn’t stand in front of the microphone and sing” says Bijli Rani While music gave her money and fame it did not shield her from violence at home Something she says snapped in her after her husband who would manage her performances threw her off a moving train because she questioned him on his affair with another woman “He would just keep asking me for money for alcohol and sleep with other women When I questioned him he pushed me out” she says That was 18 years ago She was rushed to a hospital by the bystanders She kept singing to earn a living educated her children and tried to keep them away from music and dance “But I could not save Rekha She wasn’t talented Which is why she is singing those erotic songs” she says Bijli Rani’s latest album Bob Cut Mein was released in 2012 She also does small roles in Bhojpuri films She has increased her devi geet performances at jagrans Has she seen Anaarkali of Aarah yet “I hardly go to cinema halls But it’s interesting if the issues of the singers in Bihar are being highlighted I hope people understand that those women are human beings Men should not consider them their property” says Bijli Rani For all the latest Lifestyle News download Indian Express App More Related News national roaming and more.Reliance Jio plans come bundled with free access to Jio apps including MyJio JioChat JioMoney JioMusic etc Content on these apps can only be accessed via the Jio network Read:Mukesh Ambani: Jio tariff plans to roll out from April 1 calls within India to be free no roaming charges According to Ambani India is now the number one country in the world in terms of data usage India’s data consumption is equal to the whole of the US and about 50 per cent of China’s combined Reliance Jio network was launched on September 5 and currently stands at 100 million users Users who don’t enroll for the Jio Prime membership will have to pay as per its data tariffs announced last year For all the latest Technology News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsBy: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 30 2017 9:54 pm Alia Bhatt busts food fads with Rujuta Diwekar (Source: Rujuta Diwekar/Facebook) Related News Alia Bhatt is known for her stellar performances but these days she is also a role model to a lot of fans considering her dedication to health and fitness Recently the 24-year-old teamed up with celebrity dietician Rujuta Diwekar for a chatty Facebook live session where she revealed her body secrets Making a bold statement Bhatt shed light on what to focus in life and said “No boy is worth starving for” The actress also confessed that it is the first principle of her rule book Shattering the concept of following the food trends online she said “Everyone’s talking about gluten-free pizza brown bread and red rice about reducing their carb intake and I’m eating white bread and butter at 4am Rujuta showed me how local food eaten in moderation can be healthy” Talking about her similarity with Kareena Kapoor Khan Bhatt also said that she “never skips her rejuvenating glass of sugarcane juice post-workout” Sugar shouldn’t be ignored as it “helps cool down the body temperature after working out” “Ever since Kareena got to know that I share the same dietician she has been joking with me and singing ‘Rujju Rujju’ at parties and now I do the same with her We’re going around spreading dietary joy” Bhatt added Revealing her favourite dish Bhatt gleefully said “Dal khichdi and curd rice are my favourites with a spoonful of ghee” Talking about what Bhatt’s daily schedule is Diwekar said that “it keeps changing” and added ” She will have rigorous dance sessions action shoots and emotionally taxing days She needs to look fabulous through it all” Watch the video here The video has garnered more than 762000 views and 11000 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