Video — 1 videodisc : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. Sound: digital; optical. Digital: video file; DVD video; NTSC; region 1.
"The psychological and economic transformation of a group of Dalit (outcaste/untouchable) parai frame drummers from a village in Tamil Nadu, South India, where the Hindu caste system constructs them and their drums as polluted because they play for funerals. As they professionalize, reconstructing their performance as "music" and their identity as "worldly," they participate in the Chennai Sangamam folk festival where their reception by urbanites further transforms their self-understanding. The question then becomes, can they sustain these changes back in the village? Woven throughout the film are dynamic and rare examples of village folk dances, funeral lament, and drumming as well as the voices of the drummers, local activists, who tell the story of the process of working for the economic and social liberation of the oppressed Dalits of India through developing the folk arts."--viewed on imdb.com (September 26, 2016).