Meet Wilbur Sagunaraj

27 May

If you haven’t heard of — or to– Wilbur Sagunaraj, get with the program.

Here’s his poverty song — to start off with.

Wilbur is India’s Number One YouTube star, apparently, with more than three million views of his many music videos.  He is originally from Tamil Nadu and I first came across this cheerful, neatly attired comedian/human rights and anti-poverty campaigner on the Oxfam ‘From Poverty to Power’ blog (written by my former editor, Duncan Green.)

Wilbur brings a kind of every-day, jargon-free, non-development-professional attitude to poverty in his country. He dwells on the inherent absurdity of it, of so much misery in a place with the resources — if not the will — to deal with it honestly. There is something wrong with our sense of humanity, he seems to be saying, by explaining away poverty in India by Indians, by paring away the humanity of the poor.

Check out his other videos, in which he tells us how to tie the lunghi properly — and how to use a slum latrine — among other useful pieces of advice.


2 Responses to “Meet Wilbur Sagunaraj”

  1. John Carroll May 27, 2013 at 5:50 pm #

    Great post and video, Augusta. Thanks.

    On Mon, May 27, 2013 at 11:40 AM, Global Kiosk

  2. cassandraheredia May 27, 2013 at 10:01 pm #

    Reblogged this on cassandraheredia and commented:
    This is the first time I’ve tried to reblog something so I hope it works but I wanted to put this out there – worth watching for so many reasons. I hope people have a moment to check it out.

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