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NASKAR  & CO - String Instruments
Kishori Mohan Naskar (1923-1988) is ranked among the finest makers of Indian string instruments (sitar, sarod, surbahar, tanpura) of his generation. He moved to Bhowanipore (Calcutta) at the age of 15 to learn the art of sitar making. There, he took a job in the instrument shop of Makhanlal & Sons, where he stayed until opening his own business in 1941. The shop is now (2015) run by his son, Arabinda Roy (Naskar) who was groomed by his father to carry on the family tradition. Like his father, Arabinda is a musician as well as an instrument maker and, like his father, continues to produce excellent instruments with a focus on playability and beauty of sound. Arabinda’s son Krishnendu Roy represents the next generation continuing this illustrious family tradition.

PAKRASHI & CO. - Harmoniums

PAKRASHI & CO. is one of the best known harmonium makers of India. The making of the instruments takes place in a central complex of workshops in Calcutta under the management of Shuphal Pakrashi, the son of the company's founder. After selling Pakrashi harmoniums for several years in the 1990s, India Instruments has stopped dealing in them after the turn of the millenium because of ongoing quality problems.

PAUL & CO. - Harmoniums
PAUL & CO used to be one of the best harmonium makers in India. Great care for detail, smoothly working mechanisms and a particularly well balanced sound had made Paul the absolute market leader in terms of quality. India Instrumemnts used to sell Paul harmoniums successfully for many years. However, we have stopped dealing in them in 2005 because of ongoing quality problems.

RADHA KRISHNA SHARMA - String Intruments
RADHA KRISHNA SHARMA is quite a renowned larger family business with branches in Calcutta and Varanasi, which was founded in 1948. Until the 1970s, Radha Krishna Sharma made carefully crafted string instruments for higher demands with a particularly fine high-gloss finish. After the founder’s death, the company changed to larger quantities and a lower standards. Due to ongoing quality problems, we stopped selling Radha Krishna Sharma instruments around the turn of the millennium.

RIKHI RAM - Sitars, Tanpuras, String Intruments
Rikhi Ram at the Connaught Place in New Delhi is one of the leading sitar manufacturers and simultaneously one of the most innovative musical instrument workshops in India. The business was founded in the 1920s and is presently run in the third generation. The secret of Rikhi Ram's success is the intense musical training of their owners and the close co-operation with numerous leading musicians, the feedback and preferences of whom help to constantly develop instrument construction further. Sitars made by Rikhi Ram are today top instruments appreciated around the globe. Detailed information on history and range of products is provided on the company website at www.rikhiram.com/journey.php. We do not carry sitars made by Rikhi Ram regularly because they are rather expensive. Moreover, we prefer the sound characteristics of Hiren Roy sitars as far as top class sitars are concerned.

HEMEN - Sarods, Sitars, Tanpuras
From Ali Akbar Khan to Amjad Ali Khan, HEMEN & CO. was the first choice for top quality sarods. Apart from sarods, all sorts of other string instruments were manufactured as well. Especially their big tanpuras were of an excellent quality. Hemen & Co. has been the official supplier of the renowned Ali Akbar Colleges of Music in San Rafael / California and Basle / Switzerland for many years because of their absolute reliability, austere classical design and a high professional standard. Hemen Chandra Sen started the business in 1946 in Calcutta, running it until his death in 2010. Together with Ali Akbar Khan and his father Allauddin Khan, Hemen gave significant impetus to develop the sarod in modern Mahair style. In the course of decades, Hemen achieved an excellent worldwide reputation as a manufacturer of sarods of unique sonority and sustain and with an austere classical design. Virtually all good current sarod manufacturers have - directly or indirectly - learned from Hemen. In 2003, former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee awarded the Hafiz Ali Khan Price to Hemen for his achievements. After Hemen’s death, his two sons Ratan and Tapan took over the business. Since then their qualitystandard has unfortunately subsided rapidly. India Instruments has therefore stopped offering new Hemen & Co. instruments since 2015.