Definition of dholak in English:


Line breaks: dho¦lak
Pronunciation: /ˈdəʊlək


  • A medium-sized dhol.
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    • 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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