The life of an artist is always the less travelled and difficult one, attracting a different breed. It can rarely flower without significant support. Bengal’s most fabled poet and writer, Rabindranath Tagore, was subsidized by great wealth for example, removed from daily struggles.

There can be enormous pressure on children from traditional, ethnic communities like Bangladeshis to undertake secure, conservative careers, most commonly in technology, medicine or accounting.  There can also be considerable disincentive and even outright stigma to pursuing alternative careers, varying from plain, parental disappointment to outright hostility and family exclusion.