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Breaking caste boundaries with music in India

Band strikes chord as it sings in Tamil about deeply entrenched inequality in India

BANGALORE • In a crowded nightclub in India's information technology hub of Bangalore, the spotlight shines on a nine-member band, all clad in blue suits. They are just two songs into their set and the audience is already on its feet for more. But the vocalist, Arivu, has his own request.

"Repeat after me: We are?" he asks. Most people stare in silence.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 17, 2019, with the headline 'Breaking caste boundaries with music '. Print Edition | Subscribe