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Shehnai, nagara and dholak: The traditional Rajput wedding music carries on
Traditional music played from shehnai, nagara and dholak is an integral part of Rajput weddings. However, shehnai and nagara are played by men while dholak is played by women folk.

Women dholak players are called 'Dholans' who also sing wedding songs, I was explained when I got to attend a traditional Rajput wedding.

Dholans - the women singers with 'Dholaks' - sing auspicious pre-wedding and wedding songs and they are present throughout the wedding celebrations. The Dholans sing traditional songs in local dialect that are pertinent to each ritual and occasion. They liven up the festivities and social environment in the homes of the bride and groom both.

The 'Shehnai' and 'Nagara' players - the most crucial part of a Rajput wedding - either sit at the thresholds of the wedding venue or houses of the groom and bride or in the courtyard or the front garden.

In most small towns and villages, the Rajput wedding takes place amidst of traditional grandeur and dholans are present, along with the shehnai and the nagara players. At times, the shehnai player joins the Dholans for welcome music.

The Rajasthani nagara is membranophone instrument played with two drum sticks. Because of its loudness, it is considered to be the lead instrument at joyous ceremonies and weddings.

Shehnai music and sound is believed to create and maintain a sense of welcome to guests as well as grace, dignity, auspiciousness and sanctity of the event.

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