Join us for the grand finale of Diwali Fest NJ 2018 and dance to the beat of the DHOL! and follow the invigorating and energetic Lezim dancers of the Dhol Tasha Jallosh group.

DHOL is a percussion instrument and can refer to any one of several similar types of double headed drums widely used throughout the Indian subcontinent.

‘Jallosh’ means Celebrating with Community

Dhol Tasha is a form of celebrating festivals in a disciplined & musical way in Maharashtra, a state in western India and home to Mumbai and Bollywood.

Lezim is a folk dance and is often a part of religious performances or conducted in schools as part of fitness regimes along with Dhol Tasha. It involves many calisthenic moves and can be quite strenuous.

The dancers wear colorful costumes and carry a small musical instrument with jingling cymbals called the Lezim, after which the dance form is named. The instrument is a wooden idiophone to which thin metal discs are fitted to produce a jingling sound. Dholki, or a small drum is used as the main percussion instrument for the performance or the procession.

The Lezim dancers will also be performing on stage earlier in the afternoon along with a small LEC-DEM (Lecture cum Demonstration) about this folkdance form.  Check out the schedule for their performance here.

A Brief History of Dhol Tasha

Dhol Tasha as was initiated as a way for students to participate in cultural activities.

Then a small performance on a street corner as a mark of humble protest in 1965 evolved into a cultural heirloom in the years to come. It began as a mode of voicing opinions and utilizing your right to the Freedom of Expression and soon became a beacon of hope, love, devotion and spirituality that welcomed people from all walks of life. Everyone was welcome – children, youth, professionals, housewives and retirees regardless of caste, creed, religion, age or gender, where your only identity was your first name. The spirit of the performance truly embodies unity in diversity and promotes focus and discipline.

To learn more about the history of Dhol Tasha, check out this 20 minute documentary  ‘Gajar-Magova Dhol Tasha Paramparecha’ (Gajar- Chronicling The Dhol Tasha Tradition). The film is in Marathi with subtitles in English.