The Archival and Research Project is delighted to share an immediate impact of the ARPO Earthlore initiative: The Kendra Sangeet Natak Akademy (SNA) invited Irula percussionists to perform at New Delhi in a national music fest.
For Swaminathan who plays Porai, Kadan who plays the kogal, Murugan who plays Dhavil, and Kaliyappan who plays Jalra, it was an unexpected opportunity.
“We never thought we could get such a chance to visit Delhi or to travel on a flight for a performance,” said Kaliyappan. “We are really thankful to ARPO,” he said.
Watch them perform at New Delhi:
They performed on June 22 evening at the Meghdoot Hall of SNA as a part of the Jyotirgamaya music fest, which showcased 75 artforms from across India performed by unsung artists.
A member of Team ARPO accompanied the artists as their manager.
“SNA told us to accompany the tribal artists as they would otherwise face issues in travel or in communicating in Delhi. They had made excellent arrangements for the artistes’ travel, stay, and stage performance, giving them all the respect they deserve,” said Parvathi AR, Vice Chairman, ARPO.
Watch an interview of the artistes by Main Bhi Bharat, a national media platform for tribals, where ARPO Secretary Sruthin Lal also shares the experience of organising Earthlore: