A talking drum finds refuge on the Internet

Twenty generations of the Khan family have played the Bhapang or ‘talking drum’, but their music and poetry are in decline. The rapid urbanisation of their village has seen a decline in their music and poetry. Few remain who can transfer the songs of their ancestors to forthcoming generations. But they have found refuge for the culture on the Internet.

Duration: 13:25 mins
Director: Andrew Garton
Completed: October 2018

Download the book [PDF 2MB] – Right to Know – India’s internet Avant-garde.¬†Published by the Digital Empowerment Foundation and the Australia India Institute.

Purchase the Soundtrack – Music, field recordings and soundscapes

Produced with the assistance of the Digital Empowerment Foundation. A production of Secession/Films.