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(Limited availability!) Made with selected Indian mahogany (tun) wood available. The intricate hand carvings are done in the traditional decorative Calcutta style. Every detail has been carefully monitored including the hand-crafted lotus pegs that have been carefully fitted and chalked. Fitted with a beautiful hand engraved tumba (top gourd). A professional 20 string (13 sympathetic plus 7 main) sitar, Pundit Ravi Shankar kharaj pancham style tuning. It's hand polished in a dark walnut finish for exceptionally clear tone. This sitar comes with an option for good quality Sitar gigbag or fibreglass Hardcase, an extra set of sitar strings and mizrabs.
Posted by Nick from Oakville on 15th Sep 2018
I purchased this instrument after my brother purchased a similar model (the Calcutta Standard Mahogany @ $799). I couldn't be happier! The build quality is very high, the tone is harmonically rich & loud and the setup from the maker was very good. The thing that truly amazes me is how can kala kendar sell such a high quality instrument for under $1,000? Back in 2007, I paid $1,100 (USD) for a sitar which does not compare to this instrument in quality or tone (I've sold that instrument). The finish and wood carvings on my sample are superb. I opted for the hard case which is necessary if you take your instrument out of your home. Don't take chances with a gig bag if you take your sitar on public transportation because the gourds used for sitars are fragile. They are not like the back of a guitar. In closing, this sitar is more than adequate for a professional sitarist. It is not just a student model.
Posted by Pat Finnigan on 20th Mar 2013
This is a superbly finished instrument with fine finish on the fret-board, tuning knobs etc. The sound gourd is very finely carved. As to the tone - it really projects from the instrument. There are certainly finer concert quality instruments to be had at Kala Kendar, but as a starting sitar it meets all of my needs admirably.
Posted by Darryl on 29th Nov 2010
I am very pleased with my new sitar and enjoying it very much . It arrived safely, and after spending some time tuning it, I have been learning SaReGaMa and Alankars using video lessons and a book. Appearance, craftmanship, playability and sound are all excellent. I am of course only a beginner but the jawari seems very nicely done to my ear. I am eagerly awaiting some addtional learning materals ordered from Kala Kendar
Posted by Asif on 9th Oct 2010
Yes - everything is just perfect -- the sitar is lovely - it records very very well and is beautiful. Thank you for the fast shipping - it made it here for the session.
One - thing -- just some care tips would be nice to keep it in perfect working order -- there is no one here to service or maintain sitars -- so any advice would be appreciated!