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Dhol: Drummers, Identities, and Modern Punjab

Gibb Schreffler


In the early twenty-first century, the Punjab region’s traditional drummers, dholis, were experiencing “the toughest time ever.” Concurrently, their instrument, the iconic barrel-drum dhol, was experiencing unprecedented global popularity. This book uncovers why, notwithstanding the emblematic status of dhol for Punjabis, the dholis’ local communities are facing existential crisis. The pursuit of a national identity—which aids in political representation and maintaining historical consciousness during change—has led modern Punjabis to make particular economic, social, and artistic choices. A c ... More

Keywords: Punjab, Punjabi, dhol, drumming, cultural nationalism, ethnic identity, national identity, cultural appropriation, marginalization, subaltern studies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780252044076
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2022 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252044076.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gibb Schreffler, author
Pomona College