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The khol, commonly known as the mrdanga, is a popular folk drum used in Northeast India. It contains two multilayered heads made of goat skin and syahi (black circular layer). The head is uniquely smaller than most Indian drums, which allow it to have a really high pitched sound. Traditionally, the outer body is made of clay, however recently, a brass, fiberglass, and a modern version containing hex screws and plastic heads are just as common. It is considered to be the holiest of drums, for this is said to be Lord Krsna’s flute during Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s time frame. It is the first choice of drums when accompanying bhajans and kirtans in the Gaudiya Vaisnava movement.

 

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KKSongs Khol Guide

 

UPDATED: March 12, 2012