The uplifting story of Ram Lakhan Drums troupe touches hearts and at the same time is inspiring. A group of 13, under-35 year-olds from Malakarivpalli Village, are making news by replacing traditional drums with their, now branded, Ram Lakhan Drums.
They trained to perfection in a span of mere 4 months, the troupe comprising of ex-labourers, today earns a minimum of `10,000 per show. With over 15 big shows every month, the troupe boasts an earning of over a Lakh, something they could have never dreamt. Learning and practicing new beats to attract the youth, they are all set to win the hearts of the nation.
“It is impossible to earn this much through other livelihoods available to us. We regularly practice this skill, and learn new beats. We named our troupe after the name of Father Vincent Ferrer whose life is dedication for the cause of scheduled castes and tribes. We are maintaining a common Hundi into which we contribute from our earnings. Last year we had saved an amount of `2800 which was donated to RDT on the eve of Father Ferrer’s birthday. We feel that we have a better status both socially and economically in society. There is no caste taboo and people from higher castes approach us whenever they organize their functions. There is recognition and self-respect in our village now. Those who considered us inferior are now appreciating our skill and we are considered an important part of the village.”
Member, RamLakhan Drums troupe.