Dholicious brings alive resonating drum beats in city

Crowds swarmed the Sector-17 Plaza in a foot tapping frenzy as 200 dholis took centre stage and beat the dhol.

Written by Jaskiran Kapoor | Chandigarh | Published: May 13, 2012 3:37 am

Crowds swarmed the Sector-17 Plaza in a foot tapping frenzy as 200 dholis took centre stage and beat the dhol.

Organised by city-based event management company,The Wishing Tree,Dholicious 2012 brought together the best of dhol players across Punjab and presented a resonating sound.

Created by Poonam Batth,promoter of the management company,and RJ Hardeep Chandpuri,an idea both were toying with since their Mass Communication days at Panjab University.

“Dholicious has been a dream we’ve nurtured for a couple of years. The idea behind the show was to resurrect Punjabi culture and ‘virsa’ from ashes,” said Chandpuri,adding how in the olden days the dhol performed a multi-purpose function.

“During invasions,the sound of dhol carried the message. It was heard in wrestling arenas,at the birth of a child and during village announcements. Dhol is the pride of Punjab,and we want to revive the glory of the instrument,” Chandpuri said while adding how they were also inspired by female dhol player Rani Taj’s performances.

The live event also saw 14-year-old Jahan Geet Singh,class IX student of St Anne’s in the lead.

Choreographed by Ramesh Chandigarhia,the dholis played in unison various styles such as Girdirrha,Tappe,Heer and Jindua. They performed three different sets including a jugalbandi especially created for the event. Sufi singer Eddu Sharif (of Zindagi De Rang Sajna) enthralled the audience with his popular style of singing,so did veteran dholi Budh Ram,who has been playing for past 30 years.

The two-hour event pulsated with boliyaan,kaharva and luddi performances. “We now want to hold a sufi and bhangra event of this magnitude and make a Guinness Record with maximum number of dholis playing on a stage,” Chandpuri signed off.

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