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Chomana Dudi

Chomana Dudi Kannada: ಚೋಮನ ದುಡಿ, English: Choma's Drum is a feature film in the Kannada language It is based on a novel of the same name, written by Shivaram Karanth The film was released in the year 1975 and won the Swarna Kamal, India's National Award for the best film


  • 1 Plot
  • 2 Awards
  • 3 Notes
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links


Choma is an untouchable bonded-labourer in a village who is working along with his family for a landlord, as he belongs to a backward class Due to his social status, he is not allowed to till his own land, something that he desires most Though he managed to rear a pair of bullocks that he found straying in the forest, he cannot use them to till the land He comes in contact of Christian missionaries who try to convert him giving him the lure of the land, but Choma does not want to let go of his faith He releases the fury that fate has beset on him, by beating his drum

He has four sons and a daughter; two of his elder sons work in a distant coffee estate trying to pay off the debt One of the sons dies of cholera and the other one converts to Christianity by marrying a Christian girl His daughter, Belli works in the plantation and falls for the charm of Manvela, the estate-owner's writer She is raped by the estate owner, who then writes off Choma's debt She returns to Choma's home telling him of the reality His youngest son drowns in a river, with nobody coming to save him because of him being an untouchable He then finds his daughter in an compromising position with Manvela With anger, he beats her and kicks her out of the house To defy his fate, he starts tilling a piece of land and then chases off his bullock into the forest In the climax, Choma shuts himself in his house and starts playing the drum till he dies


  • National Film Award for Best Feature Film 1976
  • National Film Award for Best Actor - M V Vasudeva Rao 1976
  • National Film Award for Best Story – K Shivaram Karanth
Karnataka State Film Awards 1975-76
  • First Best Film
  • Best Actor – M V Vasudev Rao
  • Best Supporting Actress – Padma Kumata
  • Best Story Writer – Shivaram Karanth
  • Best Screenplay – Shivaram Karanth
  • Best Sound Recording – Krishnamurthy


  1. ^ "A genius of theatre" The Frontline 12–25 October 2002 Retrieved 2009-03-14 
  2. ^ Shampa Banerjee, Anil Srivastava 1988, p65


  • Shampa Banerjee, Anil Srivastava 1988 One Hundred Indian Feature Films: An Annotated Filmography Taylor & Francis ISBN 0-8240-9483-2 

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