Hyderabadi Dholak ke Geet

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Dholak ke Geet is a traditional Hyderabadi artform, performed by women on special occasions and gatherings. A group of women with Dhols or Drums donned the pack with their tunes dominated by the Urdu Dakhni dialect.

From godh-bharai, childbirth, aqeeqa, chilla, chatti to manje, sanchak, mehndi, shaadi, valima, jumagi, it was once performed everywhere. The art form is now diminishing and is limited to some weddings. There are only a few women now who master these geets.

Apparently, it was started by women working at wheat mills, who used to sing along while working and used their mill equipment as an orchestra to back it with music. This form became popular, and with the catchy and humoristic style, became a part of the Hydi culture.

There are geet specifically for each occasion/ritual and are sung respectively. For instance, this geet “Dailhan me pinaai haar” celebrates gulposhi or garlanding.

This art form is remarkable not only because of its unique style but also as it empowers women. These are only sung by ladies specifically, thus paving the way for them to earn a livelihood. There are also instances where women take a jibe on men, like here:

Another famous geet known to Hydis is “Banne tere jebon ku heere lage, Ashrafiya lutaane aaya banna,” usually sung at weddings. “Banna” refers to the groom and Banne to the bride (heard this somewhere).

Other geets that I’ve known are “Khalamma Budda nakko ge,” “Kaali murghi,” “Adrak ka choba chabadungi,” etc., which can be heard on YouTube and other platforms. However, hundreds of geets undocumented or recorded, and extensive work need to be done to preserve this art.

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