Shantabai wields sticks with perfection and displays her skills in the Indian martial art form for livelihood. She learned this art form when she was just eight and has been continuing to perform ever since to support her family. Her art form is linked to the Dombari community, which is a nomadic tribe from the state. A video of her, displaying her skills in the Indian martial art form for livelihood, had gone viral on social media in 2020. But here's more to her story-
Unfortunately, one of my sons died a few years back and his wife (my daughter in law) ran away with another man, leaving behind their four kids."
She committed her life to provide safety and care to her 9 orphan grandchildren and her son with Epilepsy and has built a livelihood for them. Shantabai is the sole breadwinner and strives to build a better life for everyone in her family.
Many have advised her to stay indoors during Covid-19, yet she ventures out each time. Despite the virus, she has no choice but to go on the street & perform.
"I have stood strong all these years alone, I took these sticks in hand and pleaded to God to help me. 'God if you want to kill me, I am ready to die on the streets, but not sitting at home and doing nothing. My grandchildren need me....'", Shantabai broke down.
She wants to give her grandchildren a roof over their head, but she can’t do that without your help!