Debjyoti Saha is a comic illustrator and animator from Kolkata currently based in Mumbai.
Saha is currently in news for his latest animated video which displays difference in lifestyle and struggles of people in pandemic.
When lockdown was announced since 25th march 2020, countless workers in our cities found themselves without employment overnight as work sites and factories were suddenly shut down.
Lockdown provoked mass migrant laborers and daily wage workers to move from cities back to rural villages they belong, as food is cheaper and they won’t have to pay rent.
Many migrants walked hundreds of kilometers, suddenly left with no food and no work braving police lathi’s.
It is more evident that migrant workers in cities are most vulnerable and worst hit.
Debjyoti addresses the real state of migrants versus India’s privileged lifestyle which proves lockdown is not same for everyone and there’s way too much difference in lives of people, the concept of ‘home’ is different to different people.
Saha created this video as part of his ongoing series Korona. “The word ‘Korona’ in Bengali means ‘Don’t’. Portraying deeply rooted problems during this coronavirus pandemic.”
The video has gone viral with over 23 lakh views on Instagram alone, the video divides life during lockdown, the new normal lifestyle, people losing their sanity with power cuts and terrible internet connections, latest fads like whipping up Dalogona coffee or lockdown chefs while on the other side migrants walking bare foot for miles and days with hope to get on a vehicle or even pair of slippers for their bleeding soles to reach their homes.
End part of video totally recalls death of 16 migrant workers run over by goods train near Aurangabad in Maharashtra with a man sleeping comfortably in his bed.
The artist request to Understand and acknowledge the privilege you reek of. Do what you can to ease their load.
A big Shout out to Debjyoti saha’s creativity!!
(Written by Raavya Sarda)