• Vinay Sharma (Musician)

Best Songs for a Live Dhol Player

Updated: Aug 13, 2019

Vinay Sharma is a Dhol player based in Los Angeles who travels the world rocking out to South Asian weddings. Earlier he wrote about why you need a dhol player at your Indian wedding, and today he joins us again to discuss the best songs that he likes to play the dhol for.


A Dhol Player Makes your Indian Wedding


The excitement of a Dhol cannot be understated.


If you have a good Dhol player who understands your music tastes, really hypes up the crowd and knows when to enter the dance floor or Sangeet performance, man, you are going to have a wedding that is going to knock your friends's socks off.


That being said, here are songs, from 20 years old to yesterday, that really hype me up as a Dhol player.





You may be too young or old for some of these, but regardless, this list are songs that I think pair well, like a nice risotto and red wine, with the Dhol.


I personally find when you mix a Dhol with a song that is at least two or three years old, and it's had time to see if well, it stands the test of the time, that's when a Dhol makes sense and the hands go flying in the air.


If you have questions or suggestions please do pop them in the comments!



Best Indian or Bollywood Songs to Play with a Dhol


1. Ishq Tera Tadpave


This song is a classic, you'll hear it at every wedding, and it is FAST! One of my favorites to play because the song keeps getting faster and faster which really brings the party to new heights!




2. Imran Khan - Amplifier


Everybody remembers the first time they heard this beat.


And young or old, desi or not, you will also have the time of your life when you hear the sounds of drums live emanate from the corner of the dance floor.


This song is perfect for Bollywood, Hindi, Pakistani, Punjabi and even Gujarati weddings.


Play and watch!



3. Na Na Na Re


A classic anybody above 25 would probably know.


Also your Caucasian friends would probably already know Daler Mehendi from Tunak Tunak.


When the chorus hits is when that Dhol drops bro!!!




4. Amrit Saab - Sardar