Lights, camera, action… All female dhol drummers get the spotlight on TV drama

A group of female dhol players and bhangra dancers have broken all generic stereotypes by performing on a vast variety of stages numerous times.

Eternal Taal have performed at Glastonbury Festival five times and have featured in Bollywood’s ‘Yamla Pagla Deewana 2’, ‘Shaandaar’ and ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushil’ – and they’re an all British and all female bhangra team.

Their iconic maroon and yellow uniform never goes unnoticed.

Now they say they’re on a mission for new platforms to promote bhangra music.

Headed by Parvinder Kaur, the first female Dhol drummer in the UK and daughter of one of the pioneers of bhangra in the UK – Balbir Bhujhangy, the group were on set in West Yorkshire.

Parvinder and two of her dhol players made their way to Halifax to film for the brand new Channel 4 drama, ‘Ackley Bridge’.

The three dhol drummers spent just under 11 hours on the set, most of which was outside in the cold. During that time they socialised with some of the cast including Adil Ray, Joanne Joyner and upcoming star Darcy Butt.

Parvinder comments: “Performing for Ackley Bridge was a unique experience, performing for the same scene a number of times to ensure all angles were captured by the camera – we’re so used to having one take on stage.”

With television appearances on Zee TV for Zee Companion, Sky Sports for the ‘ICC Championship Trophy’ and various BBC appearances; Channel 4 is now another to add to their list. If you missed them on your television screens, you can catch them on 4 On Demand (4OD).


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