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Dholaki (Nal)

The dholaki, or nal, is a drum commonly played in Gujarat and Maharashtra, especially in folk music. It is a mixture between a tabla and dholak. The entire body is made of wood. The treble head is similar to the tabla, though it lacks an outer playing rim (kinnar) and a traditional gajara (outer tuning braid). It sounds like a high pitched tabla head with less sustain. The bass head resembles a refined version of a dholak bass head. It has no syahi, but a paste of tar and iron, known as dholak masala, is applied on the inside to provide its distinctive dholak bass sound. Unlike its treble, the dholaki’s bass has a gajara.


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UPDATED: March 12, 2012