Dholak 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 defined tone.

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.)











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