The expression of energy and emotion that is characteristic of Punjabi music is dependent on the rhythms to which the musicians and audience subject themselves. The goals of these genres vary from infusing energy into an event, to inspiring valor in warriors, to aiding a connection with God etc. These rhythms are created by the range of percussive instruments that have evolved in the Punjabi tradition.
These instruments range from the drum like membranous instruments like the dhol, the dholak, the dauru, the dhadh etc, to other percussive instruments like bells, tambourines, chimta (metal tongs with cymbals attached), ghada (earthen or metal pot), khartal (hand held cymbals), ghungroos (bells tied around the feet of dancers) etc.
Each of these instruments is used differently in the different communities and each has its own socio-religious significance depending upon the style in which it is played. For example the damaru is most often played by the worshippers of Lord Shiva. It is struck using knotted cords tied to its body or by using a sounding stick. The dhadh however, though identical to the damaru in structure, is stuck using the fingers giving it a very different sound. The dhadh is used in the Sikh devotional tradition of Dhadhi.
This album presents a number of percussive instrumentals from across Punjab, displaying the various genres through which these instruments may be used. This includes Sufi Dhadhi, Malwai Giddha, Folk, and many more.