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Dhol

Dhol

The SwarShala Indian music software includes Dhol and over 80 other perfectly sampled virtual Indian instruments.

About Dhol:

Dhol is a folk drum of northern India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. It is barrel molded, but sometimes also cylindrical, with skin on both sides. The two sides consist of lower and higher pitches. The Dhol is essentially a bigger rendition of the Dholak. There are territorial varieties , each with specific sizes, aspects, and wood used. Mango and Shisham wood are the most common woods used in a dhol.

The Dhol traces back to the 15th century. It likely has its origins in the Persian drum dohol (duhul). Proof of this is found in Ain-I-Akbari, which portrays the utilization of duhul in the symphony of the Mughal sovereign Akbar, the Great. The Indo-Aryan word "dhol" appears on paper around 1800 in the composition Sangitasara. It is conceivable that both the instrument as well as the name have some profound Indo-European association.

Sticks made of wood, cane wood or bamboo are used to play the Dhol. In Punjabi, the stick, which is used to beat the side creating bass, is known as dagga, and it is thicker with a diameter of about 10 mm, slightly bent toward one side, where the instrument is struck. Tihli is the name of the other slenderer stick, which is used to hit the higher pitch skin.

Dhol has a great role in Bhangra, folk dance, and the music of Punjab. The term Bhangra was initially assigned to a specific dance performed by Sikh and Muslim men in the cultivating regions of the Punjab district of South Asia. The dance was related basically to the spring harvest celebration Baisakhi, and it is from one of the significant results of the collect bhang (hemp) that Bhangra drew its name. In an average execution, a few artists executed fiery kicks, jumps, and curves of the body to the backup of short tunes called BOLIYAN and, most altogether, to the beat of a dhol (twofold headed drum). Hit with a weighty mixer toward one side and with a lighter stick on the other, the Dhol permeated the music with a timed (emphasizes the powerless beats), swinging cadenced person that has commonly stayed the sign of any music that has come to bear the bhangra name.

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