Made by Murari Adhikari
Teak, ebony, metal, bone, various materials; H. 12 1/4 in. (31 cm), W. 13 1/2 in. (34.3 cm), L. 49 in. (124.5 cm)
Gift of Steven Landsberg, 1999 (1999.399)
This sitar with seven melody and thirteen sympathetic strings was made in 1997 by Murari Adhikari, son of Nityananda Adhikari, an early twentieth-century innovator of sitar construction. Murari continued to incorporate his father's improvements, which included elaborate engraving and carving, rounded frets, a concave neck, changes in bridge design, and adjustments that produce an even tone from high to low.