Red light

Sujata, like any other child, wanted to study. She was admitted to a good vernacular medium school far away from her neighborhood. 

Initially she had many friends. She was good at studies, but as time went by she discovered herself as a flutist. Slowly, she became very lonely, this flute became her only company. She stood like Krishna and practised playing the flute for hours. Everyone appreciated her art, but from far. She had this tremendous social scar, that of being fatherless. Slowly, she saw herself sitting alone in the classroom, in the garden. Everywhere.

Today, while she’s receiving the Women of substance award, she recounts, with pain, her scarlet past. She received the award for two of her significant contributions to society; one, for setting up a school which teaches acceptance, tolerance and kindness, where students come from varied backgrounds, including some from her erstwhile neighborhood without feeling ostracized and two, for empowering women who are trained by her in healing through music therapy. 

Dr Sujata, a true doctor, is asked to end the award ceremony, with her flute. Red lights on, she stood like Krishna and played Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia’s raga Yaman before an appreciative, august audience.

©Supratik Sen

Based on the true story of Sabita Debnath. She recounted her experience in the most popular reality show of Bengal, Didi no 1 anchored by our greatest charismatic personality, Rachana Bannerjee. 

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A fine tribute, Supratik, to human endeavour from the disadvantaged situation of being fatherless, no doubt a cultural stigma in a society with a caste system that frowns on, and ostracises people for such things? In spite of this, turning it into a success story in the end with her musical accomplishment, and even giving something back to help others with similar beginnings? (If this is based on a true story, it should be under ‘Journal’?). A heartwarming story.
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It’s such a great thing when someone writes and brings to attention such an important issue.
You’ve written a wonderful tribute to Dr Sujata…a remarkable lady indeed.



Thank you for teaching me about Sujata, Supratik. Inspiring in a very high order of magnitude. The media would have us more concerned with mendacious politicians!

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