This deluxe two-headed wooden Dholak drum features two goatskin heads which are held in place and tuned by a system of cords and rings. Both the tenor and and base heads are played simultaneously, with the hands, while the drum is held horizontally on the player's lap.
In India, these extremely popular percussion instruments are commonly used in folk music and during marriage ceremonies. The shells are manufactured in the northern Indian State of Uttar Pradesh. There locally grown neem (a tree in the mahogany family) and Sheesham (Indian Rosewood) are used in crafting the shells. After transporting to Mumbai, the goatskin heads are fitted to the drum shells and tuned using rope.
Item Specifications: Item Dimensions: 17.5" H x 10" Diameter Playing Surface: Tenor: 6.5" and Bass: 8.5" Body: Stained wooden shell with linear etching and 2 colorful bands wrapped around. Heads: Drum heads are made from goatskin. The dholak's higher-pitched tenor head is a simple membrane while the bass head, usually played with the left hand, has a load inside that is a mixture of tar, clay and sand (dholak masala) which lowers the pitch and provides a well-defined tone. Both heads are tucked in a wooden hoop. Tuning: Rope with rings
Please Note: These drums are handmade and each one is unique so the drums and drum heads will vary in size.
Actual instrument weight is approximately 8.7 lbs.