Learn Dholak Online - Introduction


by Sanjay Karandikar

34 Years Experience

Selected by Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), for deputation abroad as a Tabla teacher and performer, 2004.

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Instruction Language

: English

Course Summary

This introductory course in Dolak is designed for the aficionados of the rhythm and beat of folk music. It will give you a free hand on the oldest membranophone that is so akin to the earth. It sounds resonated with the heartbeat of rural India.

Dholak is the major percussion instrument used as an accompaniment with the folk songs from Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. Dolak is open from both ends. The smaller drumhead is covered with goat skin for sharp notes and the bigger, with buffalo skin for a low pitch.   

Dholak can be played in different ways - by keeping it on the ground, by holding it steady in between your knees, and just by putting it on the lap. The ease of playing a Dholak makes it a favorite among percussionists. 

It is a comprehensive course where students will learn various Tals-Thekas (Rhythms) & compositions. Students who coplete this course will be able to perform in front of an audience after learning with regular practice and commitment.          

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Sanjay Karandikar

Sanjay Karandikar

Experience: 34 Years

From: India

  • Teacher Skill Keywords

    Teacher Skill Keywords

    Indian Classical Music, Experienced in Teaching, Tabla Indian classical music world music, Artist, Hindustani Classical Music, Classical Music, Fusion Music, Can teach a student within short syllabus to make, Indian Music, Indian Rhythm, Kanjira, Authentic Style, Knowledge, Good, Depth Knowledge, Author
  • Education


    12th from H.S.C. Board , Maharashtra

    Tabla Alankar from Akhil Bharatiya Gandharv Mahavidyalaya Mandal, Miraj

  • Work Details

    Work Details

    Tabla, Dholki Artist - Field of Music

    Founder, Princiapal & Tabla, Dholak, Dholki, Dimdi Teacher - Swar-Taal Sadhana, The school Of Music, Pune, India

    Researcher - Senior fellowship - CCRT, Govt Of India

About the Course

The highlights of this course include -

  • The method of placing the instrument while playing,
  • The method of playing the instrument
  • Basic Bols on Chati & Dhum
  • Theka of Taal Dadra (6 beats)
  • Theka of Taal Keharva (8 beats)
  • Introduction of word Tirakit`taka

About the Teacher


Sanjay Karandikar has trained under eminent percussion maestros - Late Pt. Madhav Karandikar, Late Pt. Shashikant Bellare, Late Pt. Vikas Datar and Pt. Ramdas Palsule, Pt. Dattatraya Bhave, Pt. Vivek Joshi. 

He secured the 2nd rank in the All India Ranking for Sangeet Alankar (Tabla) - awarded by  Akhil Bhartiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya Mandal in 2003.

Karandikar’s illustrated career as a Tabla and Dholki player started in 1988. He is the Founder & Director of Swar-Taal Sadhana - The School of Music, Estb.1993. He has taught over 2500 students from India and abroad. An accredited artist at All India Radio and Television, Karandikar has also been selected by Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), for deputation abroad as Tabla Teacher and Performer in 2004.

 He has published a series of books [including audio-visual media] on Tabla, Dholki, Dholak & different percussion, which are extensively used by students.

 Karandikar has performed as a solo and ensemble artist as well as an acclaimed accompanist with eminent artists in various musical genres. One of the noteworthy mentions here would be his accompaniment with Pt. Anand Bhate (Disciple of Bharat Ratna Pt. BhimsenJoshi) during the latter’s USA tour. He also performed as a Soloist and conducted Tabla Workshops in various cities across the USA.

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Available For All Age-Groups

Available For All Age-Groups

10 Online live sessions completed

10 Online live sessions completed

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Every individual

  • Has a unique learning style

  • Is at a different learning stage

  • Has different posture and instrument holding style

  • Has different mind-hand coordination

  • Has a different understanding of rhythm and melody

  • And a different GOAL!

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Pay as you go - 2 classes at a  time

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