Name: Sagar Khokhani
Playing dhol since: 2003
Currently: Studying Pharmacy at University, and experimenting and finding new talent.
How I got into playing the dhol?
It started in 2002 when I attended a family wedding, and saw 6-8 dhol players performing for the Groom’s entrance. Ever since then, I was amazed at the instrument, and the complexity of the performance and rhythm. I bought my first dhol, and started listening to bhangra music and learning beats from any song I could find. Then, I joined Dhol2Dhol, and since then created Rhythm ‘N’ Bass with other students from the dhol class.
Inspiration: My dhol teachers, and anyone who is willing to do anything different and new.
Best Gig: It is difficult to differentiate between two gigs as my favourite or best. The first one being a groom entrance in Morocco – For the first time we were called to go over to another country and play for a wedding. It was incredible seeing another country being interested in this instrument and that they wanted us to perform for their special day. The second being the Adnan Sami concert at Wembley Arena and De Montfort Hall. We performed on a huge stage, in front of roughly 10,000-20,000 people, and we travelled with Adnan Sami’s band. For the first time, it felt as though we were part of something bigger than just a wedding or a party and was an incredible experience.
Best Venue: Wembley Arena for the Adnan Sami Concert.
Other Instruments: My first instrument was the Trumpet when I was 8 years old of which I achieved a Grade 2. After that, I started playing the Drums at the age of 14, where I achieved a Grade 4.
Future Ambitions: To take the dhol group as far as I possibly can by continually making diverse stage performances, and performing at a variety of big events to further promote our name.