Dhols at the Oscars

Judging from everyone’s facebook status (yes, this is what it has come to),peopleare excited about the numerous awards Slumdog Millionaire won at last night’s Oscars (yes, Jodha, I watch the Oscars too).As was anticipated, the rag-to-riches film won Picture of the Year. Among it’s other awards was A.R Rahman’s win for Best Song, Jai Ho.

As anticipated, the Oscars presented this catergory’s nominationsby a live song/dance number (the other songs nominated were another SM number, O Saya andDown to Earthfrom the film Wall-E which was sung by the lovelyJohn Legend). The stage was full of multicultural bollywood-styledancers and instrumentalists. And if you looked closely enough, scattered throughout the audience were dholis. I tried to dig up some information about who thesedhol players were and found nothing on the internet (PR anyone?). However, thanks to the fact that punjabi kidsknow what’s going on with all things bhangra-related (not necessarily a good thing may I add), I found out that the group of guys playing the dhol werethe north american group called Dhol Nation Jess & Jag Tooray and Shawn Khalsi (see the comments below for the discussion of who it was – like I said, some PR would have straightened this out). Since the Oscars were quite clearly on a date with India last night, it was nice to seethedhol exposure. This is the best videoI could find (start watching at 2:45, and again at 5:40).If anyone has any other information about last night’s performance -please share it with us.

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15 Responses to “Dhols at the Oscars”

  1. Harpreet says:

    Yea! This was great!!! Great exposure for those dhol players.

  2. Harpreet says:

    Yea! This was great!!! Great exposure for those dhol players.

  3. Vizio says:

    The dhol group are the brother and sister duo Jess and Jag Tooray, who are in fact Punjabi Sikh.

  4. Vizio says:

    The dhol group are the brother and sister duo Jess and Jag Tooray, who are in fact Punjabi Sikh.

  5. Trident says:

    props to the dhol players.

    but Slumdog straight up sucked.

  6. Trident says:

    props to the dhol players.

    but Slumdog straight up sucked.

  7. Sundari says:

    Vizio, was that the group playing on stage or in the audience? Do you have any more info?

  8. Sundari says:

    Vizio, was that the group playing on stage or in the audience? Do you have any more info?

  9. ItsMe says:

    The brother and sister duo are actually Jess and Malinder…Jag is there little brother and joined up with the crew as well.

  10. ItsMe says:

    The brother and sister duo are actually Jess and Malinder…Jag is there little brother and joined up with the crew as well.

  11. lee says:

    the dhol foundation have been doing gigs like this for over 20 years-

  12. lee says:

    the dhol foundation have been doing gigs like this for over 20 years-

  13. Sundari says:

    the dhol foundation have been doing gigs like this for over 20 years

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    Yeah, yeah, we know Lee, the US is always a couple of steps behind the UK :)

  14. Sundari says:

    the dhol foundation have been doing gigs like this for over 20 years
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    Yeah, yeah, we know Lee, the US is always a couple of steps behind the UK :)