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Hung from the neck or shoulder, the smaller head (pothi – ‘hen’) of the internally conical dholaki is struck with the hand while the larger head (bhāle – ‘cock’) is beaten with a stick (gajo). Local traditions regulate the use of this drum but four basic strokes and several dampening techniques are used to produce lively rhythmic patterns. Collected in Salyān, Rāptī district, Nepal.

Dholaki, Wood, hide, Nepalese

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