The Kol Adivasi tribal community, which is believed to be one of the oldest tribal populations in the country, trace their history to the times of the Ramayana. Dadulal and his group are all Kol Adivasis, and they specialise in singing the songs of their tribe, like Kolhai, and Phagwa, among others. Kol Adivasis are called Chitrakoot Vaasis and find special mention in the Ramayana. Hence, most of their songs allude to anecdotes from the Ramayana and are devoted to Lord Ram and Goddess Sita.
Kolhai is a folk song that is performed all night during weddings to celebrate as well as to ease their cold. The Kol people wouldn’t have clothes, and singing and dancing was a way to cope with the harsh winters. Phagwa is a holi song that is sung during celebrations. The group also performs Rai in the Chattarpuri variant, whose language differs slightly from the better-known Bundeli variant. Leading the group is the 72-year-old Dadulal, who, despite his age, is deeply passionate about singing and entertaining the audience through traditional music.