Uploaded on Feb 4, 2009
Ragas For Ragamuffins--Harmony For the Homeless.
Poor children of Bengaluru (Bangalore), India, listen to classical Indian music with rapt attention. Filmed ten years before Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire.
During my four years living in Bangalore (I am from the USA) I discovered the tremendous love the local poor children had for music-- including classical Indian music, once they had the opportunity to listen to it on headphones. I would be surrounded by the kids all clamoring to listen to my headphones whenever I entered the street. So, I eventually hired a lady to make the music more available to the kids. As a result, many hundreds of poverty-level children got to listen to great music from their cultural heritage. I no longer live in India, but would encourage anyone desirous of spreading the joy of great music to children who would otherwise not have an opportunity to hear it, to do what they can to make the music available through headphones. It can be done for very, very little money. Contact me through my blog http://CB108.blogspot.com and we can try to set something up through reliable contacts of mine in Bangalore.
I personally find the term "slumdog" offensive and demeaning. I used it in the title here because it was practical in drawing viewers to view the picture. My hope is that viewers will see the beauty and depth of these children and see for themselves how misplaced the name is. Sometimes we use a thorn to remove a thorn.
To listen to stories related to this project, go to
and listen to "Music for Untouchables", "Rag Picker's Daughter", "Good Intentions", and "Flower Children's Love-In".
No one is doing more to help chlidren realize their untapped potential than film director David Lynch. See the videos at: http://www.davidlynchfoundation.org.
Also view "Real Slumdog Kids -- Part 2" on Youtube.
"When I approach a child, he inspires in me two sentiments; tenderness for what he is, and respect for what he may become." -Louis Pasteur, chemist and bacteriologist (1822-1895)