© C. Giron / Chennai - 1998

From father to son

Reference

1070

Duration

02:40:00

Production year

1998

Versions

Original material

Procédés audiovisuels

SD
4/3
Color
Sound

Director(s)

César GIRON

Summary

In the village of Peruvamba in Kerala (in southern India), the Ramachandran family has been manufacturing drums of various kinds (tabla, mrindingam, mandalam, etc.) for several generations. The technical and artistic know-how is handed down from father to son, by means of rhythm, movement, and glances, but with very little use of words.

All the procedures which go to produce the tabla are followed in detail, and the choice of various materials and their sources explained, while the everyday life of the household goes on in the background.

Famous for their fine sound quality, the tablas created by the Ramachandran family are much sought after by musicians, and their business, far from losing momentum, continues to expand.

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