Videos of Shaunvinder Singh and Gurmesh Singh playing the dhol during a SEA Games football match have gone viral beyond Malaysian shores.
The videos show the duo playing the Indian instrument and Malaysian football fans dancing and celebrating bhangra style to the mesmerising beats of the drums at the match where Malaysia won 3-1 against Myanmar on Monday.
The videos of fans in jubilation over the victory were even shared by international artists such as Panjabi MC on their social media pages.
“The entire thing was only possible because of our friends who kept asking us to play.
We were shy at first and even wanted to keep the instruments back in the car,” Gurmesh, 24, told The Star Online on Thursday.
IT student Shaunvinder, 19, said that they were not sure if they could even bring the dhol into the stadium.
“We were scared at first but once Malaysia started scoring, everyone got excited and we started playing. I was proud being a Malaysian,” said Shaunvinder.
The celebration really took off after the match ended, with football fans urging the duo to beat the drums and they obliged for at least 30 minutes.
“It was nice to see people of all races celebrating together. Music and sports can bring people together,” Gurmesh said.
He added that the experience of playing the dhol other than at a Punjabi event was exhilarating.
Gurmesh is a graphic designer from Pahang and Shaunvinder hails from Penang. They are from the group Dhol Riderz and plan to play the instrument at several more events, including the SEA Games football semi-finals on Saturday.
The videos were well received by netizens, who said they showed Malaysian unity at its best.