“We don’t just want the Rs 50 lacs prize money we need it” So said Krishna Mohan Reddy the 26 years old leader of Prince dance troupe.
They came from a poor state Orissa which is constantly battered by natural disasters and despite being resource rich is poor in getting benefits from those.
The Prince Dance Troupe, no one had heard of them before they participated in the Reality show India’s Got Talent. I had stopped watching the so called reality shows after the First Comedy Show which gave India its best Stand Up Comic Raju Srivastava.
After the vulgarity of Big Bosses, Mujhe iss jungle se bachao, who would like to watch these inanities just to see a total undeserving character win lots of money after badmouthing or acting weird and outrageously.
But after reading about the Prince Troupe, it was really a breath of fresh air. 24 artists, totally unknown, belonging to the poorest class, daily labourers, students, petty businessmen and to top it all two polio afflicted children.
They are poor, uneducated, and absolutely no exposure to the outside world, especially media exposure won the first position in the show.
Despite the odds it was their fighting spirit which gave them moral support, the endless tiring practice may be without food because daily wages labourers do not have regular income. Working till late evening they practized late in the night to get their fabulous act together. “Dasavataar “the 10 incarnations of Lord Vishnu.
They did not play the sympathy card oh we are so poor please make us win No they just performed with dignity, no harping on the polio afflicted members, they did not want their poverty to influence people to garner sympathy votes but wanted one and only one thing to be judged for the outstanding stage performance. And they were.