The Garo or A. Chik Mande is the largest ethnic group of Meghalaya region of west Bengal which is located north of Dhaka either in Bangladesh or India.
I met Sailan Ritchil, a Dama player (self-made long-drum of this community). He is the one who fight to preserve his culture and music. Humble, discriminated and living in one of the numerous slums of this endless city, he opened generously the door of his modest house and his universe for a recording session.
Performance at Sailan Ritchil's home, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Recorded by Julien Hairon
released December 21, 2015
Many thanks to Sailan Ritchil, Kripson M Sangma, Satu Sangma Joy, Uttapal Kumar Sharma, Nimoy sangma, Proloy Raksam, Anne and John Thorpe, Tiffany Mahon and the Garo Community for their support.