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A few unsolicited customer reviews (names omitted usually).....DVD reviews are here

 


Hi Lars, and Hi readers !

If you are reading this section of Lars' website, then you are quite interested in purchasing something from Raincity Music but you are probably not sure if you can trust this guy. The answer is simple. Yes you can! Lars is a very honest and trustworthy person. Besides anything else its simple. He just loves Sitars. Consider him to be your quality controller.He goes and purchases the right Sitar for you and avoids any mishaps or traps which you and I may easily fall for. He knows Sitars really well, at least surely more than I do. I trusted him in choosing the right Sitar for me.I bombarded him with tonnes of long e mails to which he patiently answered (thanks Lars for being so patient with me). He thought me a lot about Sitars and now finally thanks to him I own a beautiful looking and sounding Hiren Roy (Barun Ray) that leaves nothing to desire.It is a jewel of a Sitar that I always dreamt of owning. Lars will not sell you anything without pin pointing out the pros and cons of the product you might choose. Also you might have already heard that he packs Sitars well before shipping. That is not true enough, he doesn't only pack them but the package I received seemed to be bomb proof. I still insured my package but it was a waste of money. Also if you are from Europe just like me, and are worried about our bureaucratic paperwork, no worries at all. Lars and I worked together on this, and he knows exactly what to do. If I had no problems, neither will you. In other words you have found the best place from where to buy selected Sitars from. If you do not want any mishaps that is. Fine, you pay a little extra here, but for a lot more. I am a fully satisfied Raincity Music customer, bless every penny I spent here, and have no more words to thank Lars for the service he is offering us.

One last note for everybody... if you like the Sitars you see on pictures, you wait and see the real thing after 15 - 30 minutes of unpacking. Unbelievable !!

And if you are still in doubt ask Lars to give you my email address and I will be more than happy to confirm all you I have written. I'm not even sure if I gave him and his services enough credit actually.

Anyway big hug Lars, you have offered me something I never thought I would ever own, and I will be forever grateful for everything you have done for me. Thanks!


Anthony Curmi
Malta (Europe)

 


Hi Lars,

Great news! My sitar arrived this morning on a cold windy “spring” day here in Maine. I am totally impressed with your superb packing job! I unpacked everything and opened the case (man that thing is tough!) and when first looked at the instrument, well if looks could kill!! She is a beauty, workmanship is excellent.

I didn’t have time to tune or even attach the upper gourd, will do so tonight when I have time to sit and enjoy the experience.

Thanks much for all your great service and time spent working with me. I am a loyal customer from here on.

Best regards,

Peter


 Hi Lars,

I received the sitar this afternoon. It was so carefully and beautifully packed! Thank you so much! The sitar itself is stunning and I look forward to playing it once it is tuned. Thanks also for the accessories, and I'll keep in touch to let you know how it sounds once I start to play! Once again thank you and I am so glad it arrived on a Friday!

Warm Regards,
Shridevi


Yo Lars it's cam, the sitar arrived and is unbelievable. Thank you soo much man sounds amazing crazy good


Lars,
 
Survived in great shape.  Excellent packing job, etc.  But then, I played it ....
 
Action is fine,  tone quality is great, sustain is exceptional, pianissimo is perfect!   I can't say enough about this harmonium.  Better than my 1970s Paul scale changer EVER was!  I love this instrument.  
 
You've done a great service ....  Many, many thanks for getting this done. 
 
Best regards,
Hank

Hey Lars I'm just letting you know that I got my sitar this morning and its awesome! It has great sound and it's beautiful. Keep up the good work!
-John

 

Hey Lars,
 
This Sitar is amazing...It's like going from a cheap Chinese Stratocaster out of tune and set up poorly, to a Fender American Strat set up for Clapton!
 
Thanks again. I plan on starting the DVD's shortly.
 
 
John

 

 


Hey Lars,
 
I received the sitar yesterday in great shape. I have to say I was beyond impressed with how well and thorough you packed it! I had so much fun unwrapping it just knowing how snug and safe it was on its travels.
And the instrument itself...Wow! It is incredible! It sounds great, plays like silk, and is just a gorgeous instrument. And I love the mizrab that has the wound wire. It fits perfectly.
Thank you so much for all the help along the way. You have a very happy customer!
 
David

Hey Lars, 
This is Sarah. I bought the Srishti Student sitar from you back in October and finally got to have it on Christmas morning. I just wanted to say thank you, and let you know that I'm totally in love with the instrument! It sounds wonderful, and it feels great to play! I'm so excited! I got Ravi Shankar's book at your recommendation, I've got the sitar all nicely tuned (which wasn't as hard as I thought!)  and I'm working on scales and meend. 

 
You were such a pleasure to do business with. I hope you and your family are enjoying the holiday season :)

 
-Sarah

Hi Lars, 

 
Firstly please accept my apology for taking so long to write this email, but please know that it is important to me for you to know how happy I am with both my tanpura and the quality of service that you provided! 

 
The tanpura arrived with no problems and in perfect condition. And I just love the way this tanpura sounds - so thank you for taking the time to play the instruments and make your recommendation (and answer my numerous questions)!

 
I love learning this beautiful instrument and am so excited about this musical journey that you helped me embark upon..

 
Heartfelt thanks, 
Deidre. 

Attn. Lars Jacobson; Michael R****, I got my stuff on Monday morning just like you said and with something a little extra and I THANK YOU VERY VERY MUCH! You will hear form me in the near future for I will be dealing with you anytime I need something that you can provide. I truly appreciate your taking care of me, it's nice to find a store that really cares about their clientele. Thanks


Dear Lars,
I have to admit that I was a little ticked off when I didn't get multiple emails with order confirmations, tracking numbers, etc. a'la amazon, and the multitude of other Internet businesses. I was all set to send you an email, when lo and behold there was a package on my steps in nj two days later with my beautiful sitar gig bag--AND you undercharged me for postage! I was also surprised to find the Padmini Dhoop which took me back to my first trip to India in '74--there were certain herbal smells that needed covering up in the buck a night hotels I was staying in!
Thanks Lars.
All the Best,
Ken


Lars,
 
Thank you so much.  This instrument is a dream come true.  Do you know anything about the electronics in it?  Thanks for the OM and the calendar.  I'm hanging it(the calendar) in the entrance to my music dungeon.  This is officially my favorite instrument.

 
I am one happy little dude,

 
Greg

Hello Lars,

I am very pleased to say that my sitar has arrived in
excellent condition. Thank you so very much for helping me find such a
beautiful instrument.

Thank you,

Joe


Hello,
Santa Claus arrived today! I'm so happy that I don't find the correct word to explain what I feel...
As always the package was perfect, all was perfectly protected, no damages, all on the box seems to don't have move during the travel.
The bag for the tablas is great, thanks for your advice, and the fiberglass case is perfect for the sitar and the gourd.

Now here is my brief review after spending some minutes on the instruments:
-the sitar is like on my dream, firstly the decoration is beautiful, the sculptures are wonderful, it's a very well made instrument.
Secondly, the sound is incredible (even without being tuned, it sounded great), the sympathetic strings really resonate (the nail of my little finger will finally be useful) and vibrate with the main string.
No problems to bend the string, the string stay tuned, the pegs don't slip and can be precisely rotated and they turn easily.
And with the upper gourd, the sound is more powerful.
The color is great.
A million times better than my previous (very bad) sitar, a wondeful work of craftsmen!

-the tablas is like on my dream too!
The sound is powerful, no need to press hard on the skin, really pleasant. The skins are very well made, much thinner than my previous and more tense.
The dayan is heavy (compare to my previous which was very light), the dayan too, the set shine in the light.
And the shyahi is better better quality by far than on my awful set, very nice buzz like I love.
It's so simple to produce sound on the two tabla, the skin seems to answer to my fingers.
The color of the dayan is great.
A million times better too!

I really find a great pleasure to try it a few minutes, I think I will seriously restart to play on these two instruments without thinking on the defects and the bad sound like on my previous instruments.
Your calendars are beautiful, thanks......
......Thanks a lot for your help and for selling great quality indian instruments, your work is fantastic, if I could I would do the same job as you.
It's just strange to find great quality indian instruments far away from me and France, I know there are some shops in the UK, but maybe not as good as your.
Hope you will do that a long time yet and your shop works great.
You preserve the tradition of indian instruments; in this world,at this time, it's a great project.
Thanks

David


Hi Lars,
Just wanted to send you a follow up email about the WONDERFUL g-p sitar I ordered from you a few months back. I have been absolutely loving it! I also appreciate getting the chance to 'hear' the proof in the pudding....I'd been reading about the high quality of sitars you deal, but hadn't had a chance to hear one until my purchase. I am a total believer and am thankful for the fine work on your part and the srishti team. The sympathetic string response is out of this world, and it is indeed a meend machine (5 note pulls are a breeze relative to other sitars I've played). I love the loudness and that has opened up some new possibilities musically for me....hold back when I want, let it rip when I want, it's all there in the sitar. I love the jawari on the main string.....I am a happy customer and just wanted to let you know.
Hope all is well on your end.
Best Wishes,
N
.


Hey Lars, I just received my new Bashir and all I can say is AAAWWWEEESSSOOOMMMEEE!!! I love it! The meend is off the map. Thanks for all the important work you do in selecting and bringing these great instruments to the States.  thanks again ....Tom


Hi Lars,

I just tried the tabla. I am pleased to say that it produces a great tone and I am very happy with what your team was able to deliver..... You can expect more orders from me in the future. Keep up the quality!

Deepak


Hi Lars,

I'm sorry for the delay.
The sitar arrived safely here in Brazil, without obstacles.
It has a wonderful tone quality and I'm very happy with it!
Thank you once again for everything.

All the best,
Felipe


Hi Lars,
I've installed the pick up today.
(McIntyre ST-08)
It sounds fantastic.
What a difference.
The K&K's sound pretty bad in comparison.

Thank you,
I will get a few more items soon.

Warm Namaste,
Govi


Got the pickup (McIntyre ST-08). Tried it out. Holy thousand heavens...it sounds great. Really great. Thanks so much.

Jake


You absolutely can't go wrong buying sitars, other ICM instruments and accessories, from Rain City. Even if you can't be lucky enough to live near here and "test-drive" what you want, Lars will take care of you personally to guarantee you your complete satisfaction.

What a relief it was to find a human on the other end of the phone, and not the usual, "comes with a case, set of strings, and a few mizrabs, and a book on how to play...." The service that I've come to expect, and always get, is far superior than that. Quality is what I'm paying for.

R.K.


Lars,

Got my Srishti standard sitar yesterday and I wanted to say thanks for everything! The sitar is beautiful, and it sounds as great as it looks!

Thanks,
M. H.
.


(Translated by us from Spanish)

Dear Lars:

I apologize, but this time I will write in Spanish, not to undermine my
message and will surely have you known someone who can translate.

On December 22 I traveled to Buenos Aires to meet with Dr. (omitted by us) and handed me the sitar at the airport. I took him where he was staying in those days and unpack.
Let me tell you (who, like Dr. (omitted)) I was very impressed how well it was
packed. Aldo not unpacked at home, that was the good work you did and
did not want to spoil it. All very carefully, with much experience on your part. The case
spotless, without a scratch or mark. After removing the casing and on the
accessories and gifts, I could open the fiberboard and continuing with the pleasant surprises
find the instrument wrapped in tissue paper. A delicacy. I let it rest, though
in my anxiety, after having checked that was in excellent condition after such
long journey. I could not tune in Buenos Aires, and I had to travel to Cordoba, so a
days later, at my home, I tuned it and let me tell you, Lars, who surpassed all my
expectations in sound and instrument quality. (If now it sounds like ... within
a few months will be even better!)
This is a very beautiful and really comfortable to play. I never had
a double toomba sitar and this is very balanced in their weight. As you said in your
mail, the sympathetic strings sound great, are sweet.
The case deserves a separate paragraph. It is very high quality and aesthetically
unbeatable. The instrument safe and comfortable trip in a case like this.

I do not know how to thank you, Lars, after so many turns and so many mails I sent (and
that you have responded so kindly and patiently, despite language barriers) You are
a great person and I will recommend to anyone who wants to buy a
instrument of India.
I must also thank the gifts and attention it has had on me,
since it had just enough money and you have been very friendly.

Lars, I am eternally grateful and hope to keep in touch with you. Now .... to
study!

Greetings!

Ernesto Audisio

PD. You can freely copy or use of this mail for recommendations on your site
Web .... if it helps.
 

 



Dear Lars,

Thankyou for all your help..... It was delivered on Tuesday, and we have now unpacked it. Thankyou, it is a beautiful instrument. I am really looking forward to using it. I would also like to thank you for your helpfulness in getting the sitar all the way from there to here. It is greatly appreciated. Thankyou very much!

Carolyn (Australia)


Hi Lars,
I wanted to thank you for all the beautiful instruments.
Everything came in perfect shape and every instrument is a state of art!
The only thing that happened and not sure why is that one cd called "morning splendor " is not wanting to play at all?
We played the "live indrrajit banerjee" and it's beautiful music
Also thanks for the incense and calendars as well.
Peace,

Maya


Hey Lars!

I am sorry I never wrote you back to thank you! The sitar arrived in perfect condition and everything went smoothly as planed. The new strings and the sitar itself are still breaking-in; the sound is slowly improving.

It is indeed an unique design and I am happy that I am able to hook the strings for different moods.

I am grateful for your service and for making this possible!

Best regards,

Bruno (Florida, US)


Hi Lars,
just wanted to folllow up re below and also let you know that I received the shipment and everything was great. THanks for the calendar and agar bathi. I can't say how much I enjoyed the Introduction to Yaman. It is far and away the best video lesson for sitar that I have seen. I am really excited about your next project along the same lines. There are so many areas that could be covered and I think Indrajit is a terrific teacher- it reminds me a lot of the lessons I used to take with Amit Adiecha and also with Amit Chatterjee later.

thanks very much,
Naren

Hey Rain city music. I recieved the tabla and they are amazing..thanks again. great product! -justin


Hi Lars, hope all is well. I think I have forgotten to write and tell how much fun it has been so far to play that new sitar. So thanks again, I'm sure I will need something sitar related soon, and I'll give you a call. Keep those beauties coming! bye, nick


Thanks a lot! it just got here and everything is beyond beautiful, thanks for all of your help'
Ryan J.


Hey Lars,

Just got the sitar and it sounds amazing.. It took me half a day to get it out of the box.. very well packed. Thank you for everything, you were very helpful with all of my questions and concerns.

Brian

 


Lars,

I just wanted to drop you a quick email to thank you
for a very satisfactory transaction. (Sorry if I talk like
an eBayer!!)

I couldn't be happier with the beautiful sitar I bought
from you. It plays and sounds like a dream!

Thanks also for the very careful job of packaging. I
feel like I got an excellent deal and you will definitely
get my business in the future and my highest recommend-
ation to those I know with an interest in Indian music.

One other thing: The intro to Raga Yaman DVD is awesome.
Definitely the next best thing to sitting in front of a live
teacher. This one should keep me busy for a few months
trying to absorb every nuance, but I look forward to the
next DVD. Keep em coming.

Sincerely,
Don D.


Hi Lars,
I received the sitar today! It is in perfect condition (very well wrapped). It is a beautiful instrument and I thank you for making this an easy and enjoyable process. Thanks also for the teacher recommendation, I will try to learn with him if my parents are up for the drive. My only question is what is the little cylindrical container for?
Thanks again!
Teryn C.


Mr. Lars,



I received the Shristi Calcutta Special on Saturday. I wanted to first thank you for your patients with my 50 or so emails before I placed an order and I also wanted to say thank you for the amazing packaging job. As for the Sitar, I am extremely happy with it, it really sounds great, after tuning it yesterday I played it for about 8 or 9 hours straight, in fact I played so long that I hurt myself for not sitting properly (my back and poor leg, fingers are good as ever as I already have calluses from guitar). I figured out the tuning fairly easy as I thought it would be a nightmare and the action is not bad. I would like to talk to you about intonation in the future as I know how to adjust for such on a guitar but I am not so sure on the Sitar and I could use a slight adjustment on the MA string. It is very slight and I am working around it without much of an issue. When all's said and done I am very happy with my purchase and I kick my self for not getting one many years ago, I even figured out a few Manila Nag riffs by ear during the first day. Of course I have plenty of new questions but I will let them pile up and write you some time next week. I just wanted to drop a quick letter and tell you how much I appreciate what you are doing.



Thanks,

Jeff


Hi Lars!

I just wanted to say thank you so much for all your beyond excellent customer service, advice, patience and dedication.
I can tell you truly went above and beyond of what is expected and I am truly appreciate this; especially a beginner like me for whom the world of Indian instruments appears a tad intimidating : ) I know that my next purchase will be from Rain City Music.
I will recommend you to anyone who asks me and I hope that you will post this in your customer reviews so that people will know just how great the service, advice, attention to detail and instruments are at Rain City Music.

Wish you all the best,

Grace.


Hey Lars!
I love my sitar! I had my first 2 hour lesson (which turned into
3 hours because we got so involved and lost track of time)
with David. It was great! I can tell he will be an
awesome teacher.

J.B.


Lars,

Everything arrived unharmed. I also already took the lesson with Indrajit. The sitar is beautiful and I am completely satisfied. Thank you very much.

Kevin


Hey Lars,

I wanted to let you know that the sitar arrived in good shape yesterday-- it was well packed and almost still in tune!.....This instrument is outstanding, and the tone is beautiful. It's very hard to stop playing and put it down (but still possible because I need some practice sitting correctly for long periods). :-)

Thank you for your attention to detail, customer service, and all your other recommendations. The Ravi book is very nice, and so helpful.....

Best,
T.H.


Hello Lars,
I received the order today. Thanks for treating your customers like one would treat a good friend. I really appreciate the personal touches and I know all your customers feel the same way. Look forward to doing business in the near future.

Kind regards,
Ron
 


Hi Lars, got the Jaipur today, and it's more beautiful up close. Very
 nice feel to it as well. I haven't put it down for the past few hours.
 Everything was packed wonderfully and there was no problems with
 shipping. I'm a very happy camper. Thanks for the accessories as well, that
 rocks. Thanks for being so helpful the last few weeks, I'll be glad to
 recommend you for business and you'll be receiving more of mine. Thanks
 again

Peace

Istvan

Hi Lars!!

I just want to say thank you so much for a phenomenal tabla set! I couldn't have got a better set elsewhere!! I am so thrilled at the sight and sound of them! They look great and sound even better!

They came in perfect condition, which is a feat in and of itself coming all the way from India; as I know how damaged the packaging can be, many times including object of purchase. I loved the customer service you provided, and look to do business with you in the near future if I ever need to buy another instrument.

Another interesting fact that you may enjoy hearing is, by way of my Guru's instructions, I was informed to buy a tabla set to spread His Energy by way of a Grace Transmission through music. Being a drummer, I was told by Him to buy a "nice set of tablas from India," all the while knowing that playing tablas is like a "whole 'nother world"...... though I was up to the challenge.

Being naive, I figured I'd just get a good set of tablas, but at a store near me (not in India). They looked beautiful and built well, but sounded horrible. I thought I could just tune them up and they'd be fine. Didn't happen. Struggling to figure out who I should buy them from, I did some research and that led me to eventually wind up at your site and purchase through you. Worried about getting a shipment and product from india, I just trusted in the grace that all would be right, and you would help me out get "exactly what I needed." The universe directed me to follow my Guru's Guidance, and I ended up getting the perfect set! ... Beyond my imagination! So you didn't just help me get tablas, but you also helped me follow my Guru's Advice, and for that I am ever thankful!!

(sent by Brian in TX.)

 

After taking the new tabla downstairs where it is more resonant I  
realize that it is by far the very best tabla that I have ever owned.
Tor Dietrichson

Hi Lars,
I got the sitar today. It looks great. I'm so happy with it........
-Steve
Riverdale, NY


I just wanted to thank you very much again, the ordered book/ Cd´s and narka arrvided in perfect condition today, a little delay was caused by our customs which sometimes are a bit "special".... I allready listen to this wonderfull interpretation of Rag Nat Bhairav, just deeply touching, great playing! .............

All the best, the "old European"

Christian


Hello again Lars. I received the tabla set on Monday......I can safely say that I have never seen a more beautiful instrument.  I have a lot of top class drum and percussion equipment but this my friend stands out in the crowd.  I also have to say it was a pleasure dealing with such a professional as yourself.  Your handling of the order to the updates on delivery couldn’t have been better.  If you are ever in the west of Ireland  drop me a line and we will have that pint.

James in Ireland


Barun's Sitar is unbelieveable.....This Sitar is most definitely alive!  J.F. France


Hi Lars,

I wanted to let you know that all of the gear you sent is working nicely and I am very happy with it. Thank you for all the help. It is a pleasure to do business with you. All the best to you.

Peace & Blessings,

Greg


Hi Lars
I am very pleased with the sitar
The jawari is great, and the sound transfer to the sympathetics works well
It is inspiring

H.L.  Kentucky, USA  (ed. note Harry passed away recently, a pillar of the sitar community in Kentucky and one of the nicest guys you could know, we will all miss you Harry!)


Thanks for getting me this sitar. It really is the reward I promised myself years ago. Now I have to strive to play it as well as I can learn to.

J.M. New Mexico


Lars, first of all I would like to thank you for everything, for all the care and attention. I am quite satisfied to have at least a Surokar, which so many people talk about. It was important to be able to play and have one in my hands.....

M.B. Brazil


I dont even know what to say
I really appreciate it tell Shristi thanks for me too
if you get a chance their work is amazing and both you
and they are beyond appreciated!!

J.C. Pennsylvania


Hey Lars!

I am sorry I never wrote you back to thank you! The sitar arrived in perfect condition and everything went smoothly as planed. The new strings and the sitar itself are still breaking-in; the sound is slowly improving.

It is indeed an unique design and I am happy that I am able to hook the strings for different moods.

I am grateful for your service and for making this possible!

Best regards,

Bruno


Hi Lars..... my son, absolutely loves it! He has it tuned with a tuner. Has not put it down since he got home from school. He said it sounds great and he is finding it rather easy to play. He will call you tomorrow to talk about it. I just wanted you to know how much we appreciate the case and how it was shipped!! We are very, very satisfied and very thankful to you. As I said, he will call you tomorrow and I thank you so very much for all your time and efforts! Sincerly, J S

DVD REVIEWS


"I was and have been looking for sitar instruction DVDs for a long time and came across Indrajit by chance on Youtube. I ordered his "Introduction to the Sitar" from Lars at RainCity Music.com and received my DVDs promptly. I liked the first DVD so much that I bought ALL of Indrajit's amazing sitar instruction DVDs. I am learning more than from all of my former sitar teachers combined. Indrajit Banerjee is a very generous and intuitive teacher. In the age of vast volumes of online information,overinformation and disinformation, coming across this modern master's DVDs is like finding a golden meezrab in the Google hay stack!"

Bravo!

Steve Ford

Online English Teacher

Vancouver, Canada

Private English Portal

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Hey Lars,
Thank you for the Sitar teaching DVD's. I plan on getting every DVD to enhance my Sitar playing. I have the first DVD Raga Yaman. I just purchased the Introduction to Sitar Technique. Although I have been playing the Sitar for six years now ( I'm self taught )..... Thank you Lars and Mr. Banerjee for opening up Indian Classical Music to us in America.
Sincerely, J M


Hey Lars,

I am back again !

Must mention how helpful the Techniques DVD has been. Explained in small and easy steps ...... really quite a lot covered. I must say how kind and honest and generous Indrajit Banerjee has been to share all this with learners of Sitar. Yap, you were right when you explained that although the DVD seemed costly to buy, it is worth all that money.

Ravi (UK)


congratulations and thank you
and maestro indrajit and the team for producing this wonderful learning resource that invites raga reality to vibrate within all beings,simon


Hi
Hope yu are fine. Did I tell u that I have received the CDs, and they are beyond belief! I don't think I can thank you enough! you people have done a tremendous job. Indrajit is incredible! of course as a musician and also as a teacher......
it's not going to be easy to digest all that material in the other dvds! if one follows them painstakingly they will definitely take one a long way!
Anyway, thanks for everything!
Chandana C. (Oman)

 


Thanks for sending the DVD of Sitar lessons by Indrajit Banerjee
Must applaud you on your brilliant idea to produce this and help people around the world
Indrajit is a good teacher and I am able to follow his instructions well
He is calm and patient and clear so is the quality of the production
Do you know if he offers classes on Skype I will wait to hear from you

J.V. (yes Indrajit teaches via skype and we do also here for beginners)


Hi Lars,
Just to say the dvd's have arrived and so far i'm delighted with what i've seen. There is plenty in there for me to learn from so thanks very much to you and Indrajit for being bothered to make them. I hope they are a big success for you. I will certainly be interested in any new releases.

Cheers and thanks again.

Adam


Hi Lars,

The Bhimpalasi DVD arrived in plenty of time for the Labor Day holiday weekend..... What great lessons it is turning out to be. It has not been out of my DVD player since that Friday it arrived. I can’t tell you how much I have learned and still have much, much more to go. Spending the last year or so self teaching myself just from many available written resources, I have really learned a great deal, but your DVD is now acting as an actual teacher presenting me with new things and helping me pull everything together. There is, I believe, a chapter sequencing error where the taans for the vilambit gat chapter comes before the actual vilambit gat. That was a little confusing in the very beginning, but other than that small quirk, I can’t speak highly enough of the Bhimpalasi DVD, and no it doesn’t matter that it is really intended for sitar. Thanks so much for producing this disc..... thanks so much for your time and all you do.


Sincerely,

-richard


Hello Lars,

just let me thank you very, very much for getting me these absolutely great DVD´s! They arrived today in perfect shape, this time again with no customs hassle at all :-) ! From what I´ve seen during my first hours - but also from the online-trailers - I´m deeply impressed by the musical quality and vast amount of technical details offered. Indrajitji definitely is a great artist AND teacher! BTW: If ever he will be giving lessons in Germany could you please let me know?

So, let me thank you very much again for making these treasures accessible to us all!

All the best, the still "old European"

Christian
 


Hi Lars ,

Everything arrived today. I really love the DVD. If I did every type of meend , murke, ghamak , and krinten from every fret, every style, and just in one raag I would have to live to 100 just to get it all. I think it would be easier if I quite my job and move in with him for a few years! I wonder if that’s possible?
(ed. note ~ well maybe it's possible? I can ask 8^)

Guy


Hi Lars,

Thanks for the DVD I got it last week. I really like it as there are a lot of new things for me........I watched it from the beginning to the end and now taking lessons from it. I learned new techniques of meend.  Anyways I feel the money well spent....Keep up the good work. Let me know when the next DVD is ready. i am looking forward to it.

Kind regards

Vajira
 


The new performance sitar videos are fantastic! Indrajit pulls out the stops here and gives so many "trade secrets" in two hours that it makes my head spin. While nothing can replace a "live" teacher, these videos are an excellent source of valuable information. In my guru's absence (poor guy had to go back to Nepal..)... I can still continue on my journey. While I might not recommend these for some one who has never touched a musical instrument before (get some one who has for the beginning...), they are perfect supplemental material for intermediate beginners to even advanced players (the way the Ragas are literally dissected is incredible!) Nice low key style as well. More Lars (and Indrajit) , More! (ed. note ~ more? OK......)

John F.
 


Hey Lars,
Just a quick note of thank you. I watched only one dvd so far,  Sitar Technique Vol 1. I have to say this is well made, straight forward and very useful. My thanks to you and Indrajit. Do you have plans for volume 2? Also some of the ragas that I would like to see instructions on - Hemant, Jhinjhoti, rageshree, Bhairavi etc. 

 
regards,
Harsh

Thanks Lars!

.....I love your website by the way. I learned so much so quickly from
Inrajit Banerji's dvds! I have been playing for 4 years and had
instruction from some very accomplished teachers but the sitar dvd's
were a quantum leap in my understanding & growth as a sitarist. I'm
looking forward to going through them all.
with gratitude,
Matt
(Matura Sitar on FB)


Hi Lars,
Yes I went to the post office, but it never mind it spent only two minutes :)
Indrajit Banerjee's DVDs are excellent, all lessons are understandable! Because of absence of real sitar guru its are indispensable.
Thanks a lot!
All the best, Pavel


Indrajit Baneerjee's DVD 'Introduction to Sitar Technique Vol 1' is a treasure! In one week, I have learnt learnt more than what I have learnt in an year.
 
I would love to order more of your instructional series in the coming days.
 
Thank you,
 
Sindhu
Hey Lars,
I just received Yaman Volume 2 on DVD and I must say it is brilliant. Beautifully explained and perfectly structured developing each facet of the raga sequentially and at a tempo that is sympathetic to the student, but I guess you already know that. 
 
Keep up the great work.
 
Kind Regards,
 
Troy W.
WOW!!!
Just watched the sitar technique video. Cant  believe that there so detailed. I thought it was just going to be the basic stuff you get in books.

Kind regards
W Hussain

Yes, dear Lars-Ji, heard some of your DVDs and I am sure, they are TREASURES! Surely, it is helping me a lot - Thanks!
 
Will order the other CDs along with your new release; thanks for the info. Kindly, update us about the new releases and I am sure, we are with you. Of course, is there any outlet for these CDs in India? If not, can we help you in any way to distribute the same in India?
 
In the name of God, we wish you all success.
 
Regardfully and Sincerely,

 
Namboodiri
Thanks Lars,

I received the DVDs and started last evening with Bageshri.    I have to say that if one has some familiarity with the raga...for an intermediate student like me...there is a whole lot in the CDs to work with. 

Please keep up the good work.  I cannot tell you how grateful I am...it has ended the drought that has been imposed by my back pain and impending surgery and being able to pick up on lessons is so deeply satisfying...
 
Thanks for the dhoopsticks...!
 
Best Regards

ulupi

'lo Lars,

Just thought you'd like to know, I found the DVDs to be just amazingly good, Debu was a joy, though I'll leave for his for a while, as he's tuned to D, which is a problem for me until my calluses build up. But the Sitar Technique Vol #1 by Indrajit has got me seriously practicing. It's great, and his treatment of rag Ahir Bhairav on the other DVD is so good I nearly cried. Absolutely what I was hoping for and even without a teacher I feel it will still enable me the opportunity to learn to play my favourite raga.

I'll certainly be ordering some more videos, especially Vol #2 of Sitar Technique.

Many thanks for producing these Lars. I'll be sure to put some feedback on your website, or feel free to quote this e-mail. Also please pass on my thanks to Indrajit and Debu for their great work.

Cheers mate,
Phil.

P.S. The delivery time was completely acceptable. About what I figured on, in fact.

 

 

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