DHOLAK AND NAAL
is a very popular folk drum of northern India. It is barrel shaped with a simple
membrane on the right hand side. The left hand is also a single membrane with
a special application on the inner surface. This application is a mixture of
tar, clay and sand (dholak masala) which lowers the pitch and provides a well
There are two ways of tightening the dholak. Sometimes they are laced with rope (above right), in which case, a series of metal rings are pulled to tighten the instrument. Sometimes metal turnbuckles are employed (above left). It is said that this instrument used to occupy a position of considerable prestige in filmi and folk music.
$75.00 (Rope) plus packing, shipping and handling.
$85.00 - $125.00 (Nut and Bolt) plus packing, shipping and handling.
$225.00 - $275.00 (Professional) plus packing, shipping and handling.
Best quality heavy sheesham wood, fitted with nuts and bolts, with tuning key.
$185.00 and up (plus packing, shipping and handling.)