Musical traditions of India's Untouchables in danger of dying out

December 16, 2010

Produced by Adam Pogoff

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A little girl learns how to make music at the Merasi Music School in India.

The Merasi are a group of Untouchables, the lowest caste in India. They've been singing and playing music for higher caste patrons for the past 2,000 years. The songs are mystical and mesmerizing, and they're in danger of dying out. Now, there’s an effort to keep them alive. Independent producer Adam Pogoff brings us this report.