The MKS No. 2 is a professional grade, "half-decoration" Karaj Pancham / Ravi Shankar style sitar. Monoj Kumar Sardar & Bros. (a.k.a. "MKS" or "Sardar") is a well established name in Kolkata. This is one of their better sitars. The tone is full and clean with a nice depth and resonance. The action and meend are superb. It feels even and balanced up and down the scale.
We have these in our inventory in the U.S., and they are each set up in our Urbana, IL shop before shipping. They are traditional "Ravi Shankar style" in orientation with 7 main strings and 13 taraf/sympathetic strings. The fit and finish of this sitar is outstanding. The carving and penwork are ornate.
Includes: - FREE SHIPPING within U.S. (excludes HI and AK) - Deluxe Fiberglass Hard Case ($249 value) - One Extra String Set - Mirzrabs - Professional Set-Up / Prep
- Overall Dimensions: ~49 x 14 x 12 inches - Weight: 7.5 lbs. - Main Strings: 7 - Taraf/Sympathetic Strings: 13 - Color: Chestnut brown - Finish: Shellac
SHIPPING: Our packing methods have ensured that over 99% of the instruments we ship arrive undamaged. Should things not go perfectly, we will get you a replacement, refund, part or whatever is necessary. No problem.
STORE: If you want to buy a great sitar, you're in the right place.
Our passion is to connect people like you with India's very best handcrafted folk instruments, and since 2010, our little family-owned operation has steadily evolved for this purpose.
If you're curious, PBS dug into a little bit of the back story in 2014:
And if you're curious about what we've been up to more recently, our sitar buddy Jeff Starr released this interview in 2021:
While much of India is rapidly advancing, the Indian instrument manufacturing process remains comparatively primitive. From touch ups to tuning, much of what we do at Old Delhi Music is add a layer of quality control to an otherwise non-standardized production process.
We wrote THIS ARTICLE to ensure customers understand and might appreciate this old-fashioned production style, the unique products we carry, and how we're working to ensure genuine quality, despite the odds. It's a quick read, and definitely worthwhile for anyone considering the purchase of a traditional Indian instrument.