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Dentsu Webchutney creates ‘The Racist Keyboard’ to show how the world with racism looks like

Taking the ‘The Racist Cover’ campaign further, Dentsu Webchutney Innovation Lab has created a special keyboard with no black keys. The result was obvious: the new keyboard cannot play a perfect harmony

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A month ago, Bridge Music Academy launched ‘The Racist Cover’ campaign to educate children about racism and its effects. Conceptualised by Dentsu Webchutney, the campaign is supported by Culture Fox and Roland and is a special version of a song played on a piano or keyboard without using the black keys.

Taking the campaign further, Dentsu Webchutney Innovation Lab has created a special keyboard with no black keys at all. Aptly called ‘The Racist Keyboard,’ the keyboard cannot play a perfect harmony and it only plays The Racist Cover of a song. It is a manifestation of campaign’s thought of Racism = No Harmony.

Aman Bathla

A digital keyboard has 88 keys – 52 white and 36 black. The Racist Keyboard has no black keys. It only has 52 white keys. Normally, the white keys have space to accommodate the black keys. To build the keyboard, special white keys were created with no space for the black keys. The keyboard has been launched through a web film showcasing Dr Aman Bathla, the world’s fastest pianist playing the famous song ‘My Heart Will Go On’ from the movie Titanic.

“I was amazed at the first sight of the keyboard. I had never seen anything like it before. In my opinion, racism has no place in the world. Discriminating people on the basis of their colour, caste and creed is absolutely inhuman. We should all love each other and live in perfect harmony,” said Bharat Gaurav awardee Dr Bathla, the world’s fastest pianist who also holds 43 world records.

The Racist Keyboard is available to musicians for concerts, tours and gigs. It will also be displayed at schools, colleges, music academies, museums and public places.

Sudesh Samaria

“This keyboard stands as a symbol of protest against racism. It shows how the world would look like if we let racism prevail. Racism needs to stop now. Through this campaign, we are giving people a platform to raise their voice against racism,” added Sudesh Samaria, Chief Creative Officer and Co-Founder, Dentsu Webchutney.

The Racist Keyboard is one of many innovations to be created under the campaign. It will also kick off the school contact programme of the campaign.

Gurbaksh Singh

Gurbaksh Singh, Chief Creative Technologist, Dentsu Webchutney, said, “The Racist Cover is a simple idea and we are strengthening it through a string of innovations. Our aim is to touch lives and make a difference and we are making it possible through technology.”

The Racist Campaign has received an overwhelming response so far. Many schools, organisations and people are getting associated with the campaign.

Vishal Sagar

“We set out to simplify racism and showcase its effects to a larger audience. The Racist Cover is how racism sounds. The Racist Keyboard is how racism looks. We will be adding a lot more dimension to the campaign as we move forward,” added Vishal Sagar, Associate Creative Director, Dentsu Webchutney.

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Chief Creative Officer: Sudesh Samaria

Chief Creative Technologist: Gurbaksh Singh

Associate Creative Director: Vishal Sagar

Art Director: Sachin Kumar

Interactive Lead: Hemant Kumar

Agency Junior Producer: Thanglalson Ngaihte & Sumantra Talukdar


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