Kachuwa style concert sitar from Radhey Shyam Sharma of Varanasi (Benares), India
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Radhey Shyam Sharma Kachuwa concert sitar.

7 main strings ~ 13 sympathetics ~  Ravi Shankar / Kharaj pancham style.

Made from aged mahogany and a half cut gourd  which is called katchuwa style due to the tortoise (kachuwa) shape of the gourd. This sitar is also unique in that it is completely made within their shop. Almost unheard of today, this is a feature of their best sitars with 3 dimensional carvings finely detailed that rival the best Kanai Lal sitars of the past. Faux mother of pearl inlay combined with half decoration lotus carving in a vintage style hardly seen anymore. Has a beautiful deep sound due to the tabli being nearly 15 inches wide and half open jawari has been done and easy action, lotus garland design on the tabli. Traditional bridge material and floral main pegs with bone tipped hardwood sympathetics and modern style sympathetic grommets. Radhey's teak sitars project well and have a sound and playability that equal the quality of workmanship you see here. This sitar was personally selected by us in Varanasi, fitted to our specs and air shipped to our shop. Comes with a fiberboard/rexine case. A remarkable instrument from a great maker!

Due again Spring, 2014!

$1650 with fiberglass case + shipping      Out of stock, sorry        

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