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Nāl [naal, dholki]locked

  • Jonathan Katz


Double-headed drum of the ḍholak type used in Gujarat and Maharashtra, west India. The turned wooden body (often of sheesham wood), about 60 cm long, tapers towards the right-hand head, the two goatskin heads being held by iron hoops linked by tensioning ropes; tension is applied by turning sticks inserted in the W-form lacing. The slightly smaller, and higher-pitched, right head is voiced with a paste (...

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