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This week on the show we speak to Tubsy Dholkiwala, Bhupinder Khullar. Well known as ‘Tubsy’ within the Asian Music Industry he is a international percussionist playing the Indian instrument, ‘Dholki’.
Tubsy started playing dhol at the age of about 9 but was already playing tabla at the local gurudwara from the age of 6 and dholak he has always been playing, but dhol came later as he was not allowed to play it. His dad did not hold dhol playing in a very high regard at all and he had to play the dhol away from home and family.
Tubsy comes from a family of musicians his father and my ustad (Guru) ji, LATE SHRI PAKHAR SINGH JI was a dhadhi, playing the dhad sarangi style of music. His elder brother SITAL SINGH (FAMOUS FOR HIS DHOLAK GROOVE ON A.S.KANG’S GIDHIAN DI RANI AND ANARI SANGEET’S MERE LUS LUS KARDE ANG) is a very highly regarded dholak player and was also one of the 1st dhol players certainly in the midlands if not in the country as he started a bhangra group called the Saathies bhangra in 1968/9, (a number of well-known artists came from that bhangra group eg a.s.kang, lakhbir lakhi apna sangeet jarnail dosanjh karnail cheema harbhajan germany). Having both his dad and brother as his strongest influences and both playing very strong punjabi folk styles he too became very folk orientated.
Tubsy has been very lucky in his career in that he has had the good fortune to accompany some very amazing bands and artists. One of the most memorable was the LAL CHAND YAMLA JATT JI. Other artists included, Anari Sangeet, Apna Sangeet, Alaap, Bhujangi, Geet, Heera, Kalapreet, Premi, A.S Kang, Saathies, Nimmana group, Baba bakhtora, Ranjeeta Rani, Miss Neelam, Kamaljit Neeru, Sarbjit kaur, Parmjit Pammi, Miss Pooja, Sudesh kumari, Gurlez Akhtar, Kuldeep Manak, Surinder Shinda, Mohd sadeeq, Bindrakhia, Kulwinder dhillon, Gurdas Maan, Sherry Maan, Harbhajan Maan, Amrinder Gill, Daljit Dosanjh, Gippy Grewal, Jazzy b, Sukhshinder Shinda, Aman Hayer, Angrez Ali, Jatinder Shah, Pandit Dinesh, Jonny Zee, K. S Makhan, Harman.
Tubsy has played for BOLLYWOOD FILMS YAMLA PAGLA DEEWANA (1&2) as well as having also played on MARIAH CAREY’S new single “love sick” and played with Naina cherry and STEVIE WONDER on the stage in a Norway world music festival 1992.
He now plays with the THE BHANGRA ALL STARS BAND +447932844047
Bands he has played with :
DASHMESH TEMPLE KIRTAN JATHA 1976
ANARI SANGEET 1979
NIMMANA GROUP 1983
1984 NACHDA SANSAAR BHANGRA GROUP
MALKIT SINGH GOLDEN STAR 1988
THE NEW PARDESI MUSIC MACHINE 1990
THE SAFRI BOYS 1991
MESHI ESHARA 1995
DESI BOYS 2000
JAZZY B 2007
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