The dholak is a very popular double-headed drum from North Indian folk music. Our manufacturer Narayan Badya Bhandar makes dholaks with a particularly clear and sharp treble and a powerful modulating bass sound.

EU: 329 €
incl. VAT, plus 6.90 € shipping within Germany / 12,90 € within Europe
Non-EU: 276,47 €
plus 12,90 € shipping within Europe / overseas on request

The difference in diameter between the bass head and the treble head is relatively small. To get a powerful bass sound the bass head has a special paste attached to the inside. Unlike many other Indian drums the dholak has plain skins on both sides. Therefore it can be played either with the typical Indian fingering techniques, or with the whole hand like most African and South American drums. The heads are tuned with a cotton-cord that goes through both heads and movable metal rings.



Hollow wooden body, plain goat skins on both sides, bass skin with internal masala coating, rope fitting.

Manufacturer / Supplier

NARAYAN BADYA BHANDAR is one of the best tabla makers in Calcutta today. The company in its third-generation is managed by Shyamal Das. He carries out all the finishing work himself with utmost care and love of detail in a tiny workshop, together with his father and a handful of employees who all belong to the family circle. The result is, on the one hand, tablas made with much loving care and irresistible tonal quality, and on the other hand, world famous regular customers like Anindo Chatterjee or Swapan Chaudhuri. Apart from tablas, Narayan Badya Bhandar makes also several other percussion instruments, like pakhawaj, mridangam, khol, dholak, kanjira, etc. India Instruments is the exclusive importer for Narayan Badya Bhandar in Europe.


Measure: diameter 27 cm, length 45 cm, weight: 5.3 kg
Each instrument is individually hand-crafted and might differ from our description.