The Madal can also be called a 'Nepali Conga', the beats of which almost all Nepali folk songs are atuned to. However, unlike the Conga which is placed on the ground vertically, the madal is usually played horizontally in a seated position with both heads played simultaneously.
For this workshop, the wooden log that forms the hollow cavity of the madal will already have been dug out and you'll be working on the fun parts that involve stretching out and placing the dried goat skin on both ends - this is what makes the hollow log a percussion instrument. Don't worry about getting it wrong here as our host will be there to guide you every step of the way. Next up you will get to attach the leather strings around the madal that gives the madal it's distinct look and feel. The last step of the process is to apply a mixture of black iron powder and glue to the attached goat skin on either ends as this will 'tune' the madal for you. Note here that after you apply this mixture it can take several hours to dry before the madal can be used, so we generally request guests to pick up their madal the following day, and Ajan can give you a lesson or two before you leave too. :)
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