By Arré Bench Mar. 23, 2020
Yesterday, the thaali bajao campaign during Janata Curfew called by PM Modi turned out to be a great success. One very enthusiastic lady in blue, chanting “go corona!” single-handedly defeated the deadly disease. But India’s sympathies lie with the “Sivamani” kid, who was dragged away by his parents, mid-concert.
Yesterday, the entire nation observed Janata Curfew following PM Modi’s live-streamed appeal to citizens to voluntarily stay indoors to check the spread of Coronavirus. And the country collectively happened to experience its surroundings like never before.
— nikunj shah 🇮🇳 (@niku1630) March 22, 2020
The sky was a peaceful blue, birds were heard chirping, the sea was calm and serene, the grass seemed greener… the world better. It was all pretty miraculous until the ominous 5 pm was seconds away, when Modi had requested people to stand in their balconies or windows, and clap or clank their bartans for five minutes straight to express their gratitude toward the healthcare professionals at the frontlines of Covid-19. And so, the evening unfolded to the sounds of bartans and belans clanking around societies with much zest, while others said social distancing be damned as they took to the streets in groups.
Like this group of people spotted in Gujarat who realise that every hour is garba hour if you believe enough. Pandemic can wait, the community celebration cannot.
— Jignesh (@thisisjignesh) March 22, 2020
In close competition are these excited young men, who took taali o’clock as an opportunity to ward off the evil virus and also slip in some extra practise for dahi handi. India is the land of opportunists truly.
The call for thali bajao has achieved it's purpose 100%
— Krishna (@KrishnaSpoke) March 23, 2020
Or this very enthusiastic lady in blue out in public, who single-handedly made Janata Curfew a success. As the legend says, “Go corona! Corona go!”
— Sabka Katega (@OmerAnurag) March 22, 2020
But possibly nothing made thousands of desi children feel represented like this passionate child, who channelled his inner percussionist during thali bajao only to be dragged away by an adult. This one hits close to the bone. It is where all our garage band dreams met their end.
There’s a Sivamani in all of us pic.twitter.com/kBVAhFMrJX
— Rohit Bharati (@vividBharati) March 22, 2020
Accompanying lil Sivamani in his pain, is this child who was all smiles and vibing to the beats until Dadi likely noticed her missing utensils. You really have to be careful of the fights you pick these days.