ISLAMABAD  – The sound of ‘dhol wala (drumbeater)’ is not strange for the residents of remote areas of the country, who wake up in Ramazan every ‘Sehri’ by the resounding vibration of his drum.

The tradition of waking people up in the month of Ramazan is centuries old, when there were no source like the loudspeaker and people had to rely upon the call of the drumbeaters, who used to adopt different ways to ensure that people get out of their cosy beds. But today, it is no more difficult to get up at a fix time, yet the job of waking up people still prevails with the same zeal and is considered pious.

The drummer visits the streets, usually around 3 am to 4 am and also calls out loudly, “Utho rozay daro” to wake up all people living in that certain locality.

The drummer is also visible on Eid Day and people give him ‘Eidi’, as they perform a really hard job during the whole month.

These traditional dhol walas are sometime not professional drummers but they do this job voluntarily to help people in getting up in time for sehri. The drummer on Eid day will enter the street, beating his drum, to extract his reward for the job done in holy month of Ramazan. People really want to see and appreciate the drummer for keeping the tradition alive despite advance technology, who sacrifices their sleep for the sake of other people. Tradition of drum beating to wake up the people in the holy month has undoubtedly not diminished in the modern times.