DHAMMAR

OLD FORM OF SINGING

by David Courtney working tools


Dhammar is a very old style of singing.  The name is also applied to instrumental renditions of the same.  It has many similarities to dhrupad.  The major difference is that it is slightly more romantic.  Themes of dhammar typically revolve around Krishna and the Holi festival.  In fact the dhammar is often called "hori" (holi).  It is typically performed in dhammar tal of 14 beats.  Dhammar, like its cousin the dhrupad, is rarely heard today.

 

Instruments Used In The Dhammar

 

 


 

Selected Video

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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