By Rafiullah

Sumbal has no passion to dance, especially to make it a source of livelihood, but poverty forced her to dance in wedding ceremonies and other programmes.

Nevertheless, the money she gets from this profession is too meagre to make both the ends meet. She has to shoulder the responsibilities of taking care of her ailing father, brother and sister. “My father is suffering from paralysis and my sister is tuberculosis patient. My brother used to run an auto-rickshaw who later got mentally ill.”

She urged the government and affluent class to extend her a helping hand for the treatment of her father, sister and brother. She says she will abandon the profession of dancing if these problems are resolved.

“If arrangements for the treatment of my father, sister and brother are made, I would quit the profession of dance because I joined it owing to certain compulsions,” she said.