Towards the end of last year
Hiren Roy company came with their version of the “compact sitar”.
At first sight a regular sitar with an original slotted head, but …
…they simply cut the tumba by half.
It looks very similar to Sanjay’s “
studio travel model“, which has a full wooden body. This very successful concept has been copied and sold by many other sitar makers.
Further pics and details of the Hiren Roy Compact sitar are available at
http://www.india-instruments.de/pag/stringinst/sitar/hr_full_com_e.html. Pictures courtesy of www.india-instruments.de.
Jay Scott Hackleman and late Kartar Chand Sharma
21 years ago Jay Scott Hackleman was so very lucky to be able to spend a whole year in the very special company of some of the world’s finest traditional sitarmakers, Kartar Chand & Hari Chand Sharma.
He wrote a profound article about his apprenticeship in the shop of Late Kartar Chand which has originally been published in
The Journal of The Guilds of American Luthiers N°67 in 2002.
Hari Chand often talked to me about this “very fine young American person”. He showed me many pictures in his much used and thumb marked album. And during one of my last visits Hariji proudly presented me a beautiful copy from this unique article written by Jay. It’s a real extensive
documentary (4,13Mb pdf), made with sincere care and love. Thank You So Much, Jay.
Today Tineke found a
website about his present-day work.
Read the full Kartar Chand Hari Chand history here.
Seen at the annual top-event of music-industry in California :
Look at the similarities to my
solid body sitar.
Or, check here: blog categories sitar making.
The flower sitar in the hands of its proudly owner,
The sitar is ready but it’s not really sufficiently solid to actually play it. Too bad…
flower sitar belonging to Thierry Willame is on a visit.
We want to change it into a playable instrument.
Continue reading →
Here is the translation of “how to make mizrab” section taken from an old “teach yourself sitar” manual.
Or, try this
alternative animated demonstration .
I added a basic sitar tuning chart to the
I hope it helps some motivated beginners to start the journey.
Here is my ”
how to make mizrab ” ( .wmv, 683kB ) instructions, which I’ve learned from Hari Chand.
If you can read Hindi, please find some more details
I created a new blog/website about the making of a solid body sitar.
Start the discovery by clicking on the picture…
Sitar belonging to
Thierry Willame, nicely decorated with painted flowers. But can it be used to play?