Make A Nepali Conga

Making Madals and Learning to Play it

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$38.00 per guest

Highlights

  • A hands-on insight into making your own percussion
  • Getting to learn the basics on how to play the Nepali Madal to impress your friends back home!
  • Small group sizes so you will get specialised attention from your host

Inclusive of:

  • English speaking guide
  • All tools and materials

Not Inclusive of:

  • Pick-up and drop-off service (can be included at additional cost)
  • Meals
  • Modifications to the traditional design
4.9 Out of 5
10 Reviews
Sherelle Aldridge Australia
4
30 Apr, 2019

Learning the art of drum making was a wonderful experience. Our guide was helpful however we could of concentrated on th...

Mete Kaan Ozkan United States
5
10 Mar, 2019

It was a great firsthand experience and much better than just buying one from a shop. However, it seemed as though the i...

$US 38.00 per guest
4 hours
1 - 5 guest
Cancellation Policy: Moderate

Full refund available for cancellations made up to 24 hours prior to booking start time.

More About This Experience

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. :) Please note that if you have selected an add on for pick up then we use local taxis.

Additional Information:

  • Exact pick-up location address along with map direction will be sent to your email instantly after booking
  • This activity is conducted sitting on the floor so please wear appropriate clothing
  • Please note that the madal you will making will be of the smallest size (shown above in the picture).
  • Be at the pick up location at the tour start time.

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Your Local Host

Raj Kumar and Family

Rajkumar and his family have been making madals for more than 20 years now and they have no intention of stopping any time soon. They take pride in being able to maintain and further this ancient Nepali craft which...

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10 reviews from people who took this experience

Sherelle Aldridge Australia
4
30 Apr, 2019

Learning the art of drum making was a wonderful experience. Our guide was helpful however we could of concentrated on the art and learnt more if he spoke a little less.

Mete Kaan Ozkan United States
5
10 Mar, 2019

It was a great firsthand experience and much better than just buying one from a shop. However, it seemed as though the instructor wanted to rush through the process and it was more of me watching him as opposed to me actually partaking in the process. Maybe this was due to the fact that I booked the later workshop time. With that being said, I still think it was worth it and I ended up doing a few things here and there. Aayum met me at the agreed upon location and was a terrific facilitator throughout the workshop. He also went the extra mile to make sure all of my questions were answered and that I had a memorable experience.

Kiara Skjervheim Australia
5
29 Oct, 2018

It was a fun experience learning a traditional Nepali craft. A little challenging, but Raj was a good teacher and he helped when we needed it.

Diane Mackie United Kingdom
5
20 Nov, 2017

I was met by my interpreter at the agreed spot and we walked towards our venue to meet my instructor Raj. The workshop was excellent and I had lots of fun making my Madal and trying all the other instruments in the shop. I'm very pleased with my drum and it has made it safely back to the UK in my hand luggage!

Dianne M Nepal
5
20 Nov, 2017

I booked online for the Madal making workshop. The booking system was easy, you pay a deposit and then the remainder in cash on the day and the joining instructions were very clear. I met an interpreter at the meet spot and then we met Raj, my instructor. We made the madal in his workshop/shop in a ocal area and it was great fun. I had a go at all the stages and Raj helped when needed - it was quite tricky - but ell worth the effort as I now own my very own madal. Much better experience than just buying one in a tourist shop. The workshop is a great idea as I feel that my money helps locals and Backstreet Academy were also very helpful.

US$ 38.00 per guest
10 Reviews