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Nevi'im - Then Who Am I with Thappu

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Published on Apr 22, 2011

Thappu is a traditional folk instrument from Tamilnadu in South India. It is played with vigorous body movements and is recognized as a dance form in which the drums of the dancers provide the music.

AnthonyRaj, Nallakumar and Peeriyannan are three thappu players from Talawakella in Sri Lanka. They are part of the ten laks or so Indian Tamils who are the descendants of the hundreds of thousands of Tamils from Tamilnadu who were brought into Sri Lanka by the British to serve as serfs on the British Tea Plantations in Sri Lanka. Today there are only about ten hundred thousand of them left in Sri Lanka. The rest have been sent back to Tamilnadu. Those left are paid a pittance as a salary and they have no hope of social advancement through education.

A few of them, like AnthonyRaj, Nallakumar and Periyannan have preserved what has been handed down to them as the art of Thappu and the Nevi'im have invited them to experiment with their music and see how it can be developed.

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