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A modern take on the Dhol + Video featuring Rani Taj

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The dhol  (Indian drum) is best known for its widespread use in Punjabi and modern Bhangra music and was often used to celebrate a successful harvest.

Courtesy: Little guruskool musical instruments board book

The drum is made up of a wooden barrel with animal hide or synthetic skin stretched over its open ends, covering them completely.  The dhol is played using two wooden sticks, usually made out of bamboo and cane wood.

But the main reason the dhol has recaptured our attention is new Dhol sensation Rani Taj (yes you read that right – a girl dhol player!) and her modern take on this ancient instrument.  Here is her Dhol remix rendition to Rihanna’s Rudeboy:

Note- lyrics of this song are not kid-friendly

So, what did you think?  Post your comments here or  on our facebook page.

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April 19, 2011 at 4:07 pm

Artist feature – Aarohi Singh

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We recently stumbled onto Aarohi’s gorgeous pieces of art.  This self – taught artist from Bangalore, India says she gets inspiration from everything around her.  Aarohi paints on almost anything whether its paper, wood, metal, cardboard or fabric.

Her Kitsch kettles are one of a kind and she never repeats a pattern.  We love the cheery colors on the India kettle:

Nazarbattoo kettle

India kettle

 

People have always told me to put a ‘kaala teeka’ on my kids…thats where the idea of the ‘Nazar batoo’ kettle was born”

 

 

 

 

 

 

These watercolors will transport you to warm summer days :

Chalte chalte

Boys scribbling

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And for those of you who prefer functional art, check out this vibrant game table:

Khiladi table

 

Aarohi does have a few select pieces in some stores in India but those are few and far between. Her art is available from her directly and she can even ship to North America!  Just contact her on her site and she will take it from there.   So which of these appeal to your style?

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April 12, 2011 at 4:22 pm

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