Dholak. Barrel drum. Shell made of shisham wood (Dalbergia sissoo Roxb.). Both goatskin heads are braced with rods and screws, and the shell has a central handle. A black tuning load dhama is applied to the underside of the bass head to create a low pitch. It is made of 'dholak masala', a mixture of tar, clay and sand. Made in Dharampura Bazaar, Patiala.
The dholak is used in many different ensembles all over north-west and north-central India, accompanying both singing and dancing. The shisham wood shell for the dholak is imported from Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh.