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  • Sitar, 1997
    Made by Murari Adhikari
    Calcutta, India
    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.

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  • Sitar, 1997
    Made by Murari Adhikari
    Calcutta, India
    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)


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