Visiting Raj Musicals workshop, run by Hansraj Sharma, at Patel Nagar, New Delhi, India:

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S.Raj, answering the telephone at the workshop:

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The workshop floor, making a taus:

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Cutting sitar dandi:

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Cutting a taus. The whole instrument is cut from one single piece of wood.

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Construction of dilruba:

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Polishing a sarod:

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The taus, ready to be fitted:

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The sitar corner:

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Repair work to do:

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Sitar and tanpura body stock:

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The shop stock:

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Also read the Kartar Chand Hari Chand history here.


Comments

Raj Musicals — 2 Comments

  1. To use varnish for violins. First layer diluted so to make entry into pores easy. wait 48 hours. To flatten and remove straight up wood ‘hair’ sandpaper allround with 1000/inch and maybe use waterproof sandpaper. Second layer varnish undeluted. Repeat process with sandpaper up to 8 layers of varnish. Final sandpaper with 1000/inch and increase sandpaper up to 12000/inch and then polish with polisher for violin builder.

  2. Dear Sir,

    Please could you tell me about the type of varnish to use on a sitar. The part underneath the strings does not look good so I wish to re varnish it to make it look good again. Please could you advise me of a good brand.

    Many thanks,

    Ben Jones

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