Definition of dholak in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdəʊlək/


A medium-sized dhol.
Example sentences
  • Percussion heavy, the Angel Brothers' music is a fusion of Indian rhythms, world music and English folk featuring the dhol, dholak, tabla and djembe - kings in the percussion instrument world.
  • The Kangra school of paintings of Raga Vasantha portray a fair-coloured Krishna with the gopikas holding musical instruments - the dholak and the khartal (wooden cymbals with strings).
  • With this new CD version I realised that he also appears on a third track, minus his shoes and sitting cross-legged playing the dholak (a small hand drum).


Hindi, from ḍhol (see dhol) + the diminutive suffix -ak.

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