Srilal Sahani is a musician. Locally also known as Lakhapatibabu, he lives with his family in Bolpur, West Bengal. He has the unique talent of riding a bicycle with his hands behind him playing two instruments – a dhol and cymbals.

For 27 years, Srilal has made two trips every day on his cycle – one in the morning to sell fish in the Shantiniketan market, and another in the evening around the streets of Shantiniketan, covering six kilometres while playing his music.


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The film featured here includes camerawork by former students of Visva-Bharati University, Shantiniketan: Sramana Sengupta, a 2016 PARI intern, who now leads the digital marketing team at Quest Media and Entertainment, Kolkata; and Subha Bhattacharya, who works as a volunteer at Radio JU, a UNICEF project at Jadavpur University. 

Riya Dey contributed to the field work and did the translation of the subtitles, and made a version of this film for a documentary project while studying at Visva-Bharati. She now works with a non-governmental organisation, the Alipore Unmish Society, Kolkata. 

Sinchita Maji
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Sinchita Maji is a Video Coordinator at the People's Archive of Rural India, and a freelance photographer and documentary film maker. This story was done as a part of her 2015-16 PARI fellowship.

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