Dhol and dholok are special musical instruments played specially during the Holi-Sankirtana, the colorful spring festival that is celebrated in Manipur and throughout India in the month of February and March. During this sankirtana, jets of different colored water are directed at the participants as well as the audience from a specially prepared hand pump. Everyone is joyfully bathed in a stream of colors in a few seconds.
Dhol-dholok cholom is a sophisticated classical dance number. This has fine athletic and masculine character in which the drummer of Dhol exhibits intricate patterns of beating the dhol while performing difficult physical feats of strength and artistry demanding involvement of the whole body.The participants as well as the spectators alike get emotionally involved in such a dance.