Numerous sites on all types of songs
from Pakistan exist, and some even have a few lyrics; however,
there is no website dedicated solely to wedding songs sung at
dholkis, mayouns, and mehndis. ShadiSongs.com is the only website
to present lyrics to "dholak geet" - those songs traditionally
sung at wedding functions. Many "gharailu" geet have
been included in addition to the more modern songs. Recently,
someone told me that living in the West sometimes its only the
aunties and older ladies doing the singing - let's change that
and keep this wonderful tradition alive! Lyrics are provided in
Romanized Urdu so now everyone can join in. Do ask your mums for
help with tunes.
ShadiSongs.com was launched in March
of 2002 and was featured as one of the top
5 Pakistani websites for May in Pakistan's Spider Magazine.
A dholki is a pre-wedding function
in which girls get together, dress up, and sing wedding songs
in honor of the bride or groom-to-be. The primary instruments
used are the dhol and the daff, as shown above. For an added beat,
one person bangs a metal spoon against the dhol while playing.
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