Friday, 25 August 2017 : When local football fans Shaunvinder Singh and Gurmesh Singh played the dhol in the stadium during a SEA Games match, they never imagined it would “go viral” around the world.
Videoclips of them banging on the traditional Indian drum were shared on social media by several international artistes, including British musician Panjabi MC, and many netizens.
People around the globe got to see Malaysian football fans dancing and celebrating “bhangra style” to the hypnotic beat of their drums.
“It was only possible because our friends kept pushing us to play. We were shy at first and wanted to put the drums back into our car,” Gurmesh, 24, told The Star Online yesterday.
Malaysia won the match against Myanmar 3-1 on Monday, sparking scenes of jubilation at the stadium.
Gurmesh, a graphics designer from Pahang, said the experience of playing the dhol at some place other than a Punjabi event was exhilarating. It is typically played at Punjabi wedding receptions.
He said that things became “really crazy” after the match ended, with many fans urging them to keep beating on their drums; they played on for at least 30 minutes after the final whistle blew.
“It was nice to see people of all races celebrating together. Music and sports can bring people together,” he said, adding that his father taught him the importance of unity and to have respect for everybody.
Shaunvinder, 19, an information technology student, said they were unsure if they would even be allowed to bring the dhol into the stadium.
“We were nervous but once Malaysia started scoring, everyone got excited and we started to play. I am proud to be a Malaysian,” said the Penangite.
Many netizens commended the videos, saying that it showed Malaysian unity at its best.
Shaunvinder and Gurmesh, who are with the group Dhol Riderz, plan to play their drums at several more SEA Games matches, including the semi-finals on Saturday.
Source : Internet