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Handmade Dholak In Wood & Skin

$179.00Price

Handmade in natural wood and skin, this drum is typical of the Rajasthani tradition. Created by artisan-players themselves and used for folk performances across time, the drum remains the mainstay of the backdrop of their musical art form. This drum is from the deep interiors of Rajasthan and can be performed on, or just kept for posterity.

Indias musical tradition dates back to the Indus valley civilization, around 3000 BC and one can trace its representation in the Vedas (ancient scriptures) referred to as sangeet sungeet - the three art forms of vocal, instrumental and dance, where taal (rhythm) and raag (melody) remain to this day the very essence of music and instrumentation. In fact, way back between 200 BC and 200 AD an ancient system natya shastra written by the sage Bharat Muni classified musical instruments into the categories of string, wind and percussion.

Varied instrumentation forms evolved across India thereafter, with their own traditional renditions and like the artist and artisan, are on the verge of final extinction. While these unusual instruments are playable, they come in their original semi crude form, just the way they have been turned by hand in villages, for village festivals over centuries.

Your hand may help revive and perhaps sustain the very birth of music.

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