Dhamaar comes from the folk music called ‘Dhammal’ which was sung during holi rangapanchami and such festive occasions.
At the time of singing Dhamaar, the chachari prabandha was in practice. In the chachari taal each Laghu carries a weight of 4 beats which adds upto 14 beats in all. Hence Dhamaar taal is said to be influenced by the Chachari taal.
Brij basha was the language that the songs were written in. The compositions have just 2 parts Sthayi and antara. The first line of Sthayi contained the Udgraaha, second had Dhruva and the third part of the song had Aabhog, which forms the Antara. Thus we can see that the dhamaar compositions are based on the Chachari Prabandha.
Singing styles of Dhamaar
Similar to Dhrupad, dhamaar is also sung using laykaari and bolanga. One can see the influence of Dhrupad on the dhamaar music, which gave folk music the respect and level of Classical sangeet. Dhamaar is also sung in Nritya and Kirtan.