Tamburra Naadam
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Tamburra Naadam

in Video
Published on: 18 June 2020

Arjun Chavah

Arjun Chavah is a filmmaker, cameraman and photographer. Tamburra Nadam (2019) is his second film. He is an alumnus of the School of Media and Cultural Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.

This film uses Burrakatha as a narrator to fill in pieces of Telangana’s history, and to celebrate the power of art as a means of dissent.

Burrakatha is a storytelling art form practised in the Telangana and Andhra regions of India. Emerging in the 1940s, amidst the struggle against feudal oppression and the Indian freedom movement, Burrakatha was a medium for dissent. It continued to be used to speak about other social issues after Independence, but eventually diminished. This film uses Burrakatha as a narrator to fill in pieces of Telangana’s history, and to celebrate the power of art as a means of dissent. Whilst Burrakatha may have fallen out of favour, it carries on a vibrant tradition that still resonates in contemporary India. This film celebrates its spirit.