The khol, also known as a mridanga, is traditionally a terracotta two-sided drum used in northern and eastern India for rhythmic accompaniment to devotional (bhakti) and folk music.
The clever construction of this drum, utilizing a fiberglass body, makes it much lighter than the traditional clay bodied khol. Two different sized leather heads are employed; one produces a low pitch and the other a high pitch. Both the smaller head, or dayan, and the bigger bass head, or baya, are secured in place and tuned by strap tension. A small hole is purposely punched in the bass head for a better sound.
The drum is held horizontally and both heads are played with the palms and fingers of both hands.
Color and style may vary from photo.
Actual instrument weight is approximately 6.5 lbs.
Important Specifications: Bass: 7.75 inches Tenor: 3.5 inches Large Diameter: 13 inches (width at the widest point of the drum shell) Height: 22.5 inches (from bass head to tenor head