Making of Dhol

in Bhangra Dhol, Making

Most of the Indian Instruments do not require many machines and are crafted with hands. Dhol are also made by hands and following steps are carried out:

In India, all the tree chopping is done by government who conduct huge auctions which are attended by thousands of people. After this the tree are collected at seasoning plants and left in open air for around a year.

Then the seasoned trees are sent to another factories where they are cut into smaller cross-sections with the help of a saw. After this, a block of wood is carved into the shape of a drum with the help of a big-axe called kulhari. All this can be accomplished in a period of about 2-3 days.

Then comes the time when lathe machine gets into practice. The block of wood is placed on the lathe and a small piece is cut from center of shell with the help of a sharp instrument. This small block is again put on lathe and a more smaller block is cut out which result in three identical blocks which turn out to be dhol, dholak and small tabla respectively.

 The outer coverings are then finally shaped and carved decoratively. After this, it is seasoned again for next six months under a shelter.

After this only those shells which have survived the process without developing small cracks or splits are hand-picked and others are just disposed of. The shells are then seasoned finally by applying a paste made from soil proteins and left until it is fully soaked. This final seasoning helps in adding warmth and depth to the final tone of drum.

Then the shells are coated with varnish or polish. Then the heads of shells are covered with goat or synthetic skins. The heads acquire bamboo hoops around which the skin is dried. Holes are formed at regular intervals around the edge near the bamboo rim, and the skins are laced together over the shell and tensioned. After all this process, dhols are packed and transported.

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