Indian Wedding Dhol..
“Ashkk girte rahe, dhol bajta raha,
Log marte rahe, dhol bajta raha,
Ranqain lag gayi’ n, roshini barh gayi,
Khawab jalte rahe, dhol bajta raha,
Kitne lachaar they, kitne be bas they hum,
Hath milte rahe, dhol bajta raha,
Raqss they maseeha mere dam-be dum,
Dil tarrapte rahe, dhol bajta raha…”
Desi Dhol music has witnessed international fame. The dhol music has been used in several Hollywood and bollywood films. Though primarily the dhol music originated from Punjab, today you could find a custom made dhol almost everywhere. The modern day singers and bands especially dhol players like Johnny Kalsi have been able to take dhol music to a new platform of fusion music.
Dhol was introduced in India in 15th century by Persian musicians and they referred it as dohul/duhul. Egyptians also used duhul with Tabl, an Arab drum in their military band in 1047 Mughal emperor; Akbar’s (1542-1605) orchssestra included the Persian version of dhol.
Later on Mughals started using a modified version – Nagaraa. It was played to mark the movement of royal family and military exercise. Indian dhol came in 18th Century.
Dhol became popular in the Punjab region and it became popular across India and to other subcontinent countries including Pakistan, Bangladesh. Dhol music is generally associated with accelerating desi Punjabi music and dance including Bhangra & Gidda. Dhol music has a special importance in life and times of Punjabi and Sikhs across the world. Though primarily it was meant to be played in festive occasions of – Lohri & Baisakhi and family get together like wedding, today it has gained remarkable acceptance and popularity. A typical Punjabi song cannot be without dhol beats. This has also given a platform for new singers and dancers to perform on dhol beats.
Playing Dhol :
It is played with two wooden sticks which are made out of cane and bamboo. Dagga, the longer of the two sticks is used to play the bass side and the Tilli, the shorter stick, is used to play the treble side. Unlike western instruments which follow Waltz system of playing with 4 beats, dhol uses Chaal system of playing with 8 beats.
Dhol music reminds desi people of their national roots and country. Although India is a land of diversity with so many regions and religions, Punjabi dhol can enlighten any desi soul.
Nasik Dhol :
Nasik dhol has a rich and long cultural history. It features high reverence for religious, agricultural and industrial worth. Even not counting these, Nasik has contributed greatly to the art and entertainment in India.
It boasts to be the home of Dadasaheb Phalke, Father of Indian Cinema. Its recent gift to art and entertainment lovers, especially music enthusiasts, is the highly celebrated Nasik Dhol, a special from of rhythmic music played with the big drums or locally known as dhols.
It has got eminence all across the country. Maharashtra, in particular, is literally crazy about it. All the public celebrations including weddings, Navratri, Ganpati Visarjan, rallies, college gatherings tend to be incomplete without Nasik Dhol. This great invention actually makes everyone dance on its magical beats.
Due to its popularity, dhol walas (dhol players) from Nasik have huge demand all across the places. Hundreds of avid dhol players including children and girls, too, gather and practice Nasik Dhol, especially before and during Ganpati Festival. Gulalwadi Talim is one of the places where lots of Nasik Dhol savvy folks congregate every year to participate in practice sessions that start months before Ganpati.
Nasik Dhol encompasses several other musical instruments like Tashas, Zanzars, electrical Bul-Bul or the recent version of it – electronic piano. Sometimes, an echo of Lazim makes Nasik Dhol an even more stunning magnum opus.
Desi Beats :
Desi Beats is a genre that developed in the late 1990s in UK. It is characterized by a tempo of between 80 and 14 beats per minute. The name Desi Beats evolved from Desi being the Sanskrit term ‘desh’, which stands for country and Beats from where western music was combined.with music originally from India and surrounding south Asian countries.
Thori caste dhol :
The Thori trace their descent from the Suryavanshi Rajputs. They claim that they held the role of commanders in the army of the various Rajput Rajahs of Rajputana. As their power grew, the Rajahs tried to defame them. This led to a split with the wider Rajput community. They are found mainly in the districts of Ganganagar, and Churu. Their spoken language is Marwari. The Thori are sub-divided into sixteen clans, the main ones being Panwar, Solanki, Chauhan, Tomar, Ranghar, Dagla, Chandela, Dhol, Sodath, Khinchi, Ran, Gor and Gahlot. They are endogamous community, and maintain clan exogamy. The Thori of Gujarat are also known as Utloiwala, Batwala and Jhori. They have two endogamous groups, the Makwana and Barasia. Like other Gujarat communities, they have a number of clans, called ataks. Their main ataks are the Parmar, Makowara, Gatar, Kharkaria, Bhoping, Narodia, and Mangarchi.