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SHOP/BIO

Hackleman's shop in Point Roberts, Washington specializes in general repair and set-up for sitar, tambura, surbahar and rudra-veena, and builds high quality bespoke musical instruments such as the personal tambura.

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Scott Hackleman has been working on sitars for more than 30 years. He started studying sitar privately in 1974 with Amiya Dasgupta, a disciple of Ravi Shankar, and was introduced to sitar repair and jawari when staying after his lessons and watching for hours Amiya's friend, Nodu Mullick, work on sitars.

Hackleman eventually obtained his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in sitar performance from California Institute of the Arts. In 1987 he was awarded a grant from the American Institute of Indian Studies, with funding through the Smithsonian, to live in India and document his apprenticeship with a master instrument maker there. A summary of his experience was published in the Journal of the Guild of American Luthiers, Number 67, Fall 2002.

Hackleman has worked on hundreds of sitars since returning from India. His clients have included UCLA, UCSB, Pomona College, SRF, Shubho Shankar, Alok Dasgupta, Paul Livingstone, and many other professional musicians, teachers, and their students.

"My approach to this craft has been shaped by my mentors and teachers Nodu Mullick, Kartar Chand Sharma and Murari Adhikari. My shop and my work stand as an honest tribute to what I have learned from these masters."

-- J.S. Hackleman