Musahar is a caste originally known as the “Rat Catchers”. Although they no longer practice that craft, they are still severly marginalised. Their village of Ratanpur is one of two Amrita Serve adopted villages in Bihar.
Huts are made of mud. Pigs are raised and roam everywhere. Many children go unwashed even though there are multiple hand pumps in the village. In this environment, it is remarkable that 50 children would turn out for a Sunday morning yoga class. It has taken nearly two years of regular free tuition classes to convince a portion of the parents they can send their children. Once they come, they are eager to learn.