Brick Factory

When we hear the words brick-kiln, a really dull life materialises in front of our eyes. Thinking of their life, we see the people putting in hard work to make innumerable such bricks in tattered clothes surviving their families including their little children. In the prime of their childhood, these children have no choice but to help their family with their work.

The kilns are usually active during the months of November to May. The workers are mainly from the state of Karnataka from regions where there is scarcity of water. Hence, they work along with their families for 8 months on brick kilns to earn for a living and go back to their hometowns in Karnataka during the rainy season and start farming. I am currently studying these kiln workers and their way of life. I have found that they are culturally rich, kind in their behaviour and follow a certain diet to sustain themselves. The children in these families miss out on some very important things in their life like education or other provisions that modern day children thrive on, hence whenever I visit these kilns, I try to spend as much time as I can with these children by talking to them, working with them and playing with them as well as going out for a swim with them.

Sometimes I also take these underprivileged children to watch movies because I feel like doing everything in my power to ensure that they have a good time in this scattered phase of their life which is childhood.

Ultimately however I try, I cannot escape the fact that most of their fate has hard work and disdain present in it.

As a photographer, I feel obligated in such situations to show the world the predicament of these workers and their families because I can imagine and feel their pain when I stay so close to them. We cannot forget this marginalised section of our society which is responsible for the uprising of all the villages and cities around us. The bricks that are made from the hands of adults as well as children are used to build our cities in the forms of buildings, societies and any other kinds of constructions. It is important for us to value them and respect them as we are living comfortably because of them.