Dhadis are the minstrels of Punjab
. They sing songs containing devotion, romance and heroic deeds of the Sikhs. They perform at various shrines and festivals.
The Dhadis were given patronage by Guru Hargobind (1595-1644), the sixth Sikh Guru, to sing songs of bravery relating to the Sikh heroes. With the passage of time, devotional and romantic songs were added to their repertoire. While singing they use the folk instruments like ‘dhad,’ ‘sarangi,’ ‘mattiyaan jodi’ and ‘
ektara.’ They usually perform during late night in ceremonies and festivals. Their singing skills often keep the audience glued to their seats.