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Dappu Prakash sings Sukkallo Kalisi Remo Sakanaiyaloo, Kaleikuri Prasad’s song on Tsundur, Karmachedu

Background:

Dappu Prakash gives the background and sings a song written by Kaleikuri Prasad about the Karamchedu, Tsunduru, and other incidents where Dalits were massacred.

In the year 1993,  in the month of February, throughout the state, when Karamchedu, Tsunduru, Neerukonda, Kullipura incidents were happening.  Seeing the dead bodies of Dalits who became martyrs in these massacres, inspired by their martyrdom were the adolescent brothers, who were just growing their first moustache. In the villages where they were challenging and showing their assertion, the groups of landlords in these villages got together with a single-mind to attack and kill those who were questioning them. In this way, they killed many adolescent brothers who were students. Thinking of these incidents, without sleeping for two nights, Kaleikuri Prasad said, “there is a need for us to write a song.”

In the stars
In the stars
Lost in the stars are these dear men
They have become stars, these dear men
They have become stars, these dear men

The apples of my eyes
My children
The sons I gave birth to
The sons I gave birth to

In the stars
In the stars
Lost in the stars are these dear men
They have become stars, these dear men
They have become stars, these dear men

Yesamma Yelesamma
Mariyamma O’ Maramma
You won’t be able to see them again
They’ll never come home again
The sons you gave birth to
The sons you gave birth to

In the stars
In the stars
Lost in the stars are these dear men
They have become stars, these dear men
They have become stars, these dear men

My village Kanchikacherla
My son Kotesu
My village Tanguturu
My child Indiramma
My village Karamchedu
My child Duddu Rameshu
My village Tsunduru
My son Anil Babu
I am a Dalit mother
I am a Dalit village

In the stars
In the stars
Lost in the stars are these dear men
They have become stars, these dear men
They have become stars, these dear men

Helping me when I need
My grown-up son
In his marriageable age,
My dear son
In the age of getting a good education
My dear son
Getting his first moustache,
My son with self-respect
They brutally massacred
They brutally killed

In the stars
In the stars
Lost in the stars are these dear men
They have become stars, these dear men
They have become stars, these dear men

Enjoying your positions of power
You upper caste ministers,
The pain of loss of my child
Can you buy with money?
If I give birth to a son again
will you not kill them?
Can you give me an assurance?
I will never agree even if you kill me
I will not stop even if you kill me
I will give birth to sons like swords
I will not let them come in your sight
I will safeguard them
I will give them the milk of self-respect
And make them warriors
I am a brave mother
I am a Dalit mother

In the stars
In the stars
Lost in the stars are these dear men
They have become stars, these dear men
They have become stars, these dear men
They have become stars, these dear men

Dappu Prakash, is part of Dalita Kala Mandali. He plays the musical instrument called Dappu and sings Dalit revolutionary songs. He was a close friend of Kalekuri Prasad and sings many songs written by him.

Lyrics: Kaleikuri Prasad;  Song: Dappu Prakash; Video: Dalit Camera; Transcription: Anusha Chaitanya