211.222.12 individual double-skin barrel drums, both heads played

Dhol, barrel drum.

Dholak, double membrane barrel drum. Wooden shell with a dark stained outer surface and a pronounced barrel shape, bulging at the centre. The skin membranes are lapped over concealed hoops, that are angled inwards towards the ends, following the contours of the body. The heads are linked and tensioned with leather lacing that is tightened with brass rings. The lacing is coloured red on one side and is arranged around the body in an 'X' formation. A shoulder strap of white cotton is attached to the lacing at both ends. With a beater (M34a-1985), which is a simple wooden stick, length 340mm, and is shown threaded through the strap.

This barrel drum was played in an ensemble with a sahnai (shahnai) oboe, and large kettledrum, accompanying a Purulia Chhau Ramayana dance ensemble.The drummer playing the dhol kept up the pace of the dance with his shouts, while beating the drum with the right hand and a stick held in his left hand. The dhol was tuned to the sahnai.

This barrel drum was played in an ensemble with a sahnai (shahnai) oboe, and large kettledrum, accompanying a Purulia Chhau Ramayana dance ensemble.The drummer playing the dhol kept up the pace of the dance with his shouts, while beating the drum with the right hand and a stick held in his left hand. The dhol was tuned to the sahnai.

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