D 2019, 69 Min.,
Director: Maja Meiners
‘The Casteless Collective’ is a protest music band from Chennai, South India. Founded in December 2017, the 15-piece band is now playing an exciting mix of the folk music form of ‘Gaana’, an art coming from North Chennai‘s slum areas, and the modern musical styles of Rap and Rock. The driving beats of their songs come in a lyrical dress that gives exceptionally put in-your-face-truths about social issues that the Indian society usually prefers not to look at too closely. One among those issues is the still existing caste discrimination in India, but the band also deals with topics like the disadvantaged conditions of women, homosexuals or other marginalised groups in the Indian society. Herein the band members themselves come to a large extent from marginalised caste groups and underprivileged backgrounds.
The film shows the young band’s powerful attempts to break cultural stigmas, and joins their journey towards an Indian future of casteless mentality and reality.
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