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  • CHOMANA'S DRUM Alternative


Based on the novel by Shivaram Karanth about Choma, a low caste untouchable from a village in Karnataka in South India. Unlike other sub-castes, the Maris are not allowed to own land and Choma dreams about becoming a land owning farmer. To achieve this he must break with past traditions and either become a Christian or lease land from the government - which he will not do. The film traces the eventual tragic disintegration of his family and highlights the inhuman nature of the caste system when Choma's younger son Nila drowns because a Brahmin youth is prevented by others from saving the 'untouchable' boy. Set during the time of the British rule in India. In the midst of tragedy, Choma takes refuge with his dudi (a small drum) which he beats furiously even as he loses his three sons, one by one.

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