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Dhol: Drummers, Identities, and Modern Punjab
by Gibb Schreffler
University of Illinois Press, 2021
Cloth: 978-0-252-04407-6 | Paper: 978-0-252-08612-0 | eISBN: 978-0-252-05301-6
Library of Congress Classification ML3917.I4S35 2021
Dewey Decimal Classification 780.954552

An icon of global Punjabi culture, the dhol drum inspires an unbridled love for the instrument far beyond its application to regional vernacular music. Yet the identities of dhol players within their local communities and the broadly conceived Punjabi nation remain obscure.

Gibb Schreffler draws on two decades of research to investigate dhol's place among the cultural formations within Punjabi communities. Analyzing the identities of musicians, Schreffler illuminates concepts of musical performance, looks at how these concepts help create or articulate Punjabi social structure, and explores identity construction at the intersections of ethnicity, class, and nationality in Punjab and the diaspora. As he shows, understanding the identities of dhol players is an ethical necessity that acknowledges their place in Punjabi cultural history and helps to repair their representation.

An engaging and rich ethnography, Dhol reveals a beloved instrumental form and the musical and social practices of its overlooked performers.

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