This is a Vilayat Khan style sitar made by Radha Krishna Sharma & Co. RKS was founded in Kolkata in 1968, and they offer well-crafted, professional grade Indian string instruments at accessible price points. They are some of our favorites in terms of overall value.
We have spent time with the company owner Saroj Sharma while in Kolkata, and we appreciate the tradition and spirit he maintains running the company. We are very pleased to work with him directly and carry ONLY their "Original" products. (NOTE: "Original" RKS products can be identified with the nameplate reading "Radha Krishna Sharma" and not "Made for...by RKS.")
We have these in our inventory in the U.S., and they are each set up in our Urbana, IL shop before shipping. This traditional Vilayat Khan model has 6 main strings and 11 taraf/sympathetic strings. The finish is a dark chestnut brown and warm cedar tone combination with a traditional pearloid inlay.
Includes: - FREE SHIPPING within continental U.S. from our Urbana, IL location - Padded Soft Case ($69 value) - One Extra String Set - Mirzrabs (for plucking strings) - Professional Set-Up / Service (available ONLY because we have our products on hand and do not distribute via wholesale / drop shipping companies...this is a BIG deal!)
Optional Add-On's: - Upgrade to Hard Case (add $100 / $300 value) - Additional string sets & Mizrabs (discounted w/ purchase) - Sitar Pickup (Add $150)
- Overall Dimensions: ~49 x 14 x 12 inches - Weight: 7.5 lbs. - Main Strings: 6 - Taraf/Sympathetic Strings: 11 - Color: Dark Chestnut Brown / Warm Cedar - Finish: Shellac
SHIPPING: Your instrument will arrive safely, and if it doesn't, we'll take care of it. 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: Old Delhi Music carefully curates a selection of only fine quality ethnic musical instruments. Our business is family owned and operated in Urbana, IL since 2010. For the back story, check out this video:
While much of India is rapidly advancing, the Indian instrument manufacturing process remains very old school. 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 vintage 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.