Vipul Singh Tapas- a freak nomad artist
Being an artist is what we all aspire to be and if not at least we pretend to be. Open your Instagram go look pages and bios, what do you find the most- traveler, blogger, artist, and somewhat stuffs? So what do you see is that not everyone is an artist yet everyone is an artist. We all are living in this mirage that being an artist is all we need to be in order of being ‘cool’. And there comes Vipul Singh Tapas, who himself is a theater artist is breaking such stereotypes and living a life which is not designed by society status. This vagabond travels the country and has almost done more than 900 plays. The man who was once disabled is shattering all the societal norms and standards by living a life he wants to and more importantly appreciating it- which most of us fails at.
Vipul Singh Tapas- journey of a mad wanderer:
Born to a mother who wanted a daughter, Vipul was a kid who was handicapped, mute and mentally retard for three years. Doctors declared that he would not live longer than 9 years. But to what we call ‘out of the blue’ he survived and now is performing ‘street shows’ all across the country. He is highlighting sensitive issues like menstruation, abortion, rape, sex education and everything- you name it he has done it. Past back Vipul, unlike his brother, was not a bright kid but instead a class entertainer. He was famous for not being a good kid but a kid who had the tendency to entertain. That’s why majority of his friends advised him to become a standup comedian. But he discovered his interest was in theatre. He enjoyed acting, writing and performing. But when he shared the idea with his parents, they said “Humara beta to engineer hi banega”, and there he goes doing engineer, but never left the hands of his first love- theatre. In the third year having almost 45 backlogs he decided to quit and decided to go do performing. This time his parents supported him and he left the house on his own for an all-new adventure. Now the biggest challenge for him was to survive, after dropping out he was a mere 12th pass which put a certain stay order on his earning potential. So he decided taking money from the people he performed in front of. And that’s how he survive on maximum 60-70 rupees daily. He chooses to walk or use the cheapest mode of transportation for travelling. And that’s how he has covered more than 14 states of the country. As Vipul says that he doesn’t believe in team work, he himself perform all alone. So, Nukkad natak which is pre dominantly believed to be a team performance, Vipul is doing it alone and pretty fantastically. Today he is a Tedx speaker and still a wanderer.
One thing that irk him sometimes is was when his mother use to tell people that, “my son couldn’t walk till he was of three”, one day Vipul asked his mother to instead say that, “my son couldn’t walk till he was of three, but now has walked from Bhopal of Jammu in only three months.” Set to sail, the plan was to go from Bhopal to Ranchi, Vidisha, Jhansi, Gwalior, Mathura, Agra, Delhi, Jaipur, Ajmer, Pushkar, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaiselmer, Dehi Bagain, Rishikesh, Haridwar, Lansdowne, take a detour to Nepal , return to Himachal Pradesh, Dharmshala, Mcleodganj, Spiti Valley, Parvati Valley, Tosh, Shimla, Kullu, Jammu and back to Bhopal, which he covered in only 95 days. He runs a campaign- ‘Ketto Campaign’ where he raise funds for his plays. Sometimes surviving on a samosa to only a half bread, Vipul is creating memories which are worth billion.