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TRICKY SURVIVAL: Three-year-old Boli performing the rope trick in Gulbarga on Monday.
TRICKY SURVIVAL: Three-year-old Boli performing the rope trick in Gulbarga on Monday.

T.V. Sivanandan

GULBARGA: Braving the scorching sun, three-year-old Boli from Bilaspur in Madhya Pradesh performs the rope trick on the streets of Gulbarga.

Boli is accompanied by her eight-year-old brother Prakash and six-year-old sister Rajani, who play the drum to attract the attention of people and seek alms.

Boli, who cannot understand Kannada, speaks Hindi and does not know the risk involved in climbing up the rope and walking on it. "I am trained to perform this act by my parents and I do it without any flaw," she says.

Prakash says they have been doing this in all the cities while their parents Rohit Kumar and Rusa work as construction labourers for livelihood.

"This is our play and we enjoy it," is all that Prakash says. He is the captain of this team of three. They own an acre of land in their ancestral village in Bilaspur in Madhya Pradesh. But they are on tour for four months in search of jobs. By the time of sowing season, they get back to their village to sow paddy.

Rajani says they earn about Rs. 150 a day by performing in the crowded places. They generally get good response from the public.

They stay near railway tracks pitching a tent.

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