A boy extraordinaire | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, February 01, 2017 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:23 PM, February 04, 2017

A boy extraordinaire

Twelve-year-old Rafi is already a well known figure in the area, being a captivating performer of different physical feats.

Rafi, youngest of the three sons of Idris Khan, a mason in PTI area of Pirojpur town, never went to school as the poor family is hardly aware of the value of education.

“After seeing the performance of artistic physical feats of a circus party that visited Pirojpur town two years ago, I stared practising it alone and learnt the tricks well,” Rafi said.

"When any cultural function is arranged in the town, I go there to perform. Sometimes I get Tk 500 to Tk 1,000 from officials and important persons as they enjoy my performance,” he said.

Often he gets into buses for different locations and shows his performance at public gatherings.

He also saves his money with his mother Rokeya Begum. Earlier she worked at others' houses, now she stays at home as Rafi's earning has brought her a little solvency.

Rafi wants to be a much better performer in future. However, not careful about his personal care, he is usually seen in untidy clothes.

His elder brother Raju, who works at a steel workshop in Pirojpur town, said, “We are a poor family but we are not worried about our youngest brother Rafi as he is very clever and has already learnt a very useful feat."

Their another brother Saju is a rickshaw puller.

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