Daughter dances to honor deceased father

January 18, 2017


Sukanya Subhash, a 11th class student from Bishop Hodges Secondary School in Alappuzha, Kerala, stood out from the crowd, in the 57th Kerala School Kalolsavam festival.

It was Sukanya’s dream to be at the Kalolsavam, performing the famous women's only dance that's part of the traditional Malayalee Muslim wedding. But much to the shock, Sukanya lost her father Subhash on Sunday, vomiting blood. But the brave girl still made it to Kannur, that too, even before the embers of his burning pyre could die out.

Sukanya made this choice as she knew that her father would have wanted her to go, as it’s his dream to make her participate in Kalolsavam and so had continued to work despite suffering from a severe respiratory illness.

Elated over his daughter’s team was selected to represent the Alappuzha district at the state level, Subhas, a daily wage laborer, did not want money to stand in the way of the success for his child and so ignored his weak health and continued to work for more hours.

With so much of pain her heart, the brave Sukanya performed with all smiles on stage. Speaking to the media, after her performance, Sukanya said, “It was my father's last wish. My father died while he was trying to earn money for me to come here. If I hadn't come today, the other nine girls would have felt bad. I thought their future shouldn't be lost because of me.”

If not physically, Sukanya father’s soul would have enjoyed the performance of his daughter and would have tapped his shoulders self, for her bravery.

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