Online Dholak Training Programs

About Dholak drum - Indian folk music percussion instrument

Dholak is a barrel-shaped, two-headed Asian hand drum made of one piece of wood, usually sheesham wood (dalbergia sissoo), mango or hollowed coconut palm stems. Dholak may either have traditional cotton rope lacing with steel rings used for rope tuning and pegs twisted inside the laces or a modern screw turnbuckle tuning with nuts and bolts helping to produce the tension. Dholak weighs about 4 kilograms and is about 16 inches in length, it has a simple membrane on the smaller right-hand side for high pitch sound, the larger left-hand membrane has a special coating on the inner surface, a mixture of tar, clay and sand which helps to lower the pitch and fine tune, creating a well-defined tone. The Dholak drum is pitched, depending on size, with an interval of perhaps a perfect fourth or perfect fifth between the two drum heads. Dholak is related to the larger Punjabi drum Dhol which is played with sticks and the smaller hand played drum called Dholki.

Learn how to play Dholak : Two primary techniques of playing Dholak include the open hand method suitable for louder playing and the other being controlled fingering method for articulate performance. Dholak is either played placed on the player's lap or, while standing, slung from the player’s shoulder or from the waist or being pressed down with one knee while sitting on the floor. All or select fingers and hand are generally used to play a Dholak but in a few styles of playing Dholak an iron thumb ring is used. Dholak players are often adept at singing, chanting or storytelling as a primary entertainer or as a lead drummist for a dance troupe performance.

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GAALC Distance Education Academy - Music Training Faculty

GAALC – Global Academy of Arts, Languages and Culture, International school of Music faculty of teachers include the top qualified, best experienced professional music training instructors, Indian classical music gurus - Hindustani & Carnatic music, teachers for Indian folk music forms & global music trainers. The GAALC music academy training curriculum has been developed by the global music experts & includes traditional + modern concepts of music genre for all levels & styles making it an advanced international grade professional music training program with online lessons.

The online Dholak training program lessons are not strictly curriculum guided classical music classes like Tabla or Pakhawaj, Dholak is a folk music instrument which do not have syllabus based classes. A beginner to advance level Dholak student learns to play the Dholak drum according to the Indian folk / regional music and popular music forms which may include the devotional music – Bhajan Kirtans, Sufi music qawalli, Kirtan dhun & Shabad sangeet, Indian light classical music, favorite Hindi movies song, Indian regional language film songs, theatre music, popular geet, pre-wedding music – ladies sangit, religious ceremonies, Indian festival celebrations like Holi, as preferred music for storytelling performers and with folk dance performances, etc.

GAALC Online Training Programs

GAALC conducts online hobby learning programs of variable term duration for beginners, intermediate and advanced level global music students with live, one-on-one, interactive, private online music class lessons conducted through Skype or Google hangouts. Students can join the Dholak training program at any appropriate level of training to learn Dholak playing skills from international faculty of professional Dholak tutors. Appearing for the online certification exams after completion of training program is optional for Dholak, Tabla, Pakhawaj, Mridangam & Ghatam.

The students of Dholak online training program lessons for beginners learn about Dholak musical instrument, how to tune Dholak the rope-tuned Dholak and the nut-bolt tuned Dholak, how to play Dholak, basic bols, Dholak playing posture, popular Dholak music Taals, with the advancement towards intermediate and advanced levels programs, the students learn to play professionally the Dholak Taal variations, tihai, fillers etc. including all of the popular Dholak music in different genre of Indian music, accompany playing with different Indian classical and folk music instruments and styles of vocal singing music with the training on the advance Dholak playing skills.


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dholak Online Training Programs Fee

dholak beginner level fee

USD $ 177 / Quarter

  • Discounted Fee for 3 Months
  • Minimum 600 minutes of Professional training
  • Flexible class schedules

dholak intermediate level fee

USD $ 204 / Quarter

  • Discounted Fee for 3 Months
  • Minimum 600 minutes of Professional training
  • Flexible class schedules

dholak advanced level fee

USD $ 231 / Quarter

  • Discounted Fee for 3 Months
  • Minimum 720 minutes of Professional training
  • Flexible class schedules
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about GAALC

Global Academy of Arts, Languages & Culture : is an international academy offering hobby learning distance education programs with live, interactive online training private class lessons for the promotion and development of Indian and global arts, languages and culture.

GAALC as an organization is promoted and managed by a group of senior artists, speciality education professionals and management professionals. At GAALC we are dedicated to offer effective and affordable online education as professional training programs.

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GAALC conducts online Dholak class lessons according to the convenient global time zones specially for the students living in South America, Africa, Europe, North America, Asia and Ocenia countries time zone. The live, real time, interactive classes conducted between 7 AM to 9 PM India time as one-on-one private online Dholak lessons correspond to the best convenient time schedules for international students from countries including USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Mexico, Brazil, France, Germany, Mauritius, Belgium, Kuwait, Fiji, Saudi Arabia, Kenya, UAE, Thailand, New Zealand, Australia, Malaysia, Spain, Singapore, South Africa, Philippines, Indonesia, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, China, Russia, Netherlands, Japan, Italy and many more.


I enjoyed to learn Dholak online with my Guru at GAALC school of music. I play it regularly with Indian music, with a few songs from Bollywood movies too. For me it is an instrument of Joyful playing. Thank you.

- Andrew Chicago, USA

After retirement from my job I visit a famous neighborhood temple daily to serve as part time manager, I started learning Dholak online from GAALC as a hobby to play at the daily Bhajan Kirtan programs, I am happy to play the Dholak very well as an accompany with singers and instrument players.

- Vishal Hyderabad, India

I had joined GAALC to learn basic Dholak playing for ladies sangit ceremony at a family wedding, i continued my lessons further for 2 years, I can now play Dholak for a number of folk & Hindi movie songs & bhajans, now i am a hit musician in weddings, festivals etc. in my community. Thanks to my Dholak guru Singh Sir & GAALC.

- Anjali Amsterdam, Netherlands