Things are getting tough for dholak makers in Hyderabad


Hyderabad: The evolution of times and practices is now sounding the death knell for the tradition of making “dholak” in the city. Most of the “dholak makers” are from Uttar Pradesh who settled in Chandrayangutta in the city several years ago and make a living by making and selling traditional musical instruments of various sizes.

The demand for dholak was high during the Vinayaka Chaturthi festivities, as many pandal organizers acquired them. “In the evening, the devotees would sit and sing the traditional religious song with one of the participants playing the drums to synchronize with the vocals. Now we can’t find the practice anymore and people use music systems instead. As a result, there is literally no demand for this traditional musical instrument, ”said Mohd Jabbar, dholak maker in Chandrayangutta.

About fifty families are staying in Chandrayangutta and all of them have the vocation of making dholaks. These families complain that the Covid-19 pandemic and the successive blockages since last year, have considerably affected their income. “Fortunately, we survived thanks to donations made by people in the form of a ration. Now life is slowly returning to normal after the closures, but there is still no adequate income, ”said Mohd Sajid who has been in the vocation for a decade.

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It takes about three hours to make a dholak and its price is between Rs 250 and Rs 700. “The cost depends on the material used to make it. However, the demand is generally for those priced below Rs 500, ”he added.

After completing the instrument manufacturing process, they enter the market looking for buyers. “The sales are not encouraging, we can only sell one or two and that too after convincing the buyers who negotiate a lot,” said Mohd Taj, who, together with his brother Mohd Imdad, makes and sells the dholak.

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