Meaning of dholak in English:


Pronunciation /ˈdəʊlək/


  • A medium-sized dhol (South Asian drum).

    ‘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).’
    • ‘The second was a traditional chutney song performed in Hindi, with music coming from traditional instruments - the dholak, harmonium and dhantal.’
    • ‘Also performing as part of this special team will be Hakim Khan's son Kutla, who will play the dholak, singer Jalal Khan who has accompanied Bhell in his world tours and Jean Marie Henry and Xavier Martin, who specialise in percussions.’
    • ‘The music composed by Shantanu Mahapatra, was played on the instruments belonging to each of the two styles: the dholak, mohuri and chadchadi of the Chhau orchestra and the pena, lande pung and mang gang of the Thang-ta.’


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