Dhadhi - A Living Tradition

Dhadhi - A Living Tradition
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Characterized by the rhythms of the percussion instrument Dhadh, Dhadhi is a tradition that is an amalgamation of both classical...

Characterized by the rhythms of the percussion instrument Dhadh, Dhadhi is a tradition that is an amalgamation of both classical and folk music styles of Punjab and it began in the courts of Guru Hargobind. The Guru invited musicians to his court to sing heroic ballads (vaars) to infuse courage and confidence among the Sikh community and to inspire them to perform acts of heroism and valor. Thus, this is a music that cannot be simply listened to- it disturbs and stirs and spurs one into action. It brings a sense of truth, duty, and conscientiousness into the experience. There is no specific syllabus or even written material for learning Dhadhi as the tradition is ancestral and is passed down from generation to generation. Though it has developed over hundreds of years it has remained faithful to its roots with regard to its musical compositions and the instruments on which they are performed. These compositions are both unique and easily recognizable as they are characterized by the rhythms of the Dhadh and the melodious tunes of the Sarangi without which they cannot be termed Dhadhi. Sikh Dhadhis traditionally sing in the Gurudwaras and perform vaars of scripture, however, they may often perform their own renditions of episodes of Sikh warriors and martyrs