A dohol is a large cylindrical drum with two skin heads. It is generally struck on one side with a wooden stick bowed at the end, and with a large thin stick on the other side, though it is also played with the bare hands. It is the principal accompaniment for the Sorna. A similar instrument, the Dhol, is used in traditional Egyptian, Pakistani and Indian music.

The dohol is largely played in Kurdistan with the zurna.

In IranEdit

The dohol in Iran is mostly played in wedding ceremonies and other celebrations. The dohol is mostly played with a sorna.

Iranian Balochs performing a dance at the Zabol University

In AfghanistanEdit

The dohol in Afghanistan is mostly played on special ceremonies such as wedding ceremonies. The "Surnay or Sorna" is mostly played with it. The Afghan dance Attan is traditionally performed with both the Dohol and Surnay.

Afghan National Police performing the Attan dance with Dohol and Surnay

See alsoEdit


  • Mehran Poor Mandan, The Encyclopedia of Iranian Old Music, Tehran, 2000.

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