Dhol is a traditional percussion instrument played at festivals, carnivals, weddings etc. At a recent wedding of my niece, the gromm and party came with a Dhol man:


While he plays the Dhol at one side, people dance:



Two days later, on the wedding day, he was right inside the wedding hall doing his thing.


I love the intensity with which he plays the drum.

Although the Dhol Party is hired on payment, there is some thing else which goes on. People pay their tribute by giving money to the Dhol Party. The man who collects the money with name the person in a loud voice (for everyone to hear):


And bags the money:


This is a very interesting part. In villages, people would actually compete as to who gives more money. I guess that they like their name to be shouted loudly. It somehow satisfies the ego.

Old traditions are dying slowly and without cultural support these artists and communities are also vanishing. What used to be the essential part of weddings is now seen less frequently. Worst is the situation for wedding band parties.


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4 comments on “Dhol
  1. Thank you for sharing this information. I agree, that many of the traditional cultural aspects to social functions are disappearing. Your photographs are excellent documentations to at least preserve the events. Has anyone recorded the Dhol drums?

  2. Mike Pratt says:

    The motion in that third photo is wonderful.
    I also appreciate that you’re sharing this documentation. The more people who see it, the more will become interested and spread the knowledge.

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