Stephan's vehicle for this musical journey, the sitar, is one of the few instruments capable of playing shrutis in the proper intonation for this complex musical form. Its construction and technique embodies more than two and a half centuries of synthesis between West Asian and South Asian musical cultures. The type of sitar that Stephan plays is distinguished by the inclusion of two low-pitched "bass strings." Their use, especially during the most still and introspective moments of performance, reveals the legacy of another, more ancient Indian musical instrument, the bin. The bin (a stick-zither), although structurally distinct from the sitar (a lute), is one of the instruments from which sitar makers and players increasingly borrowed over the course of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. 

Ravi Shankar or Kharaj Pancham Sitar

Ravi Shankar style sitar

Vilayat Khan or Ghandar Pancham Sitar

parts and tuning of the sitar

SITARBUILDING 

GOURDS FOR SITARS AND TAMBOURAS

Gourds for Sitars and Tambouras

Logs of Tunwood aka Red Cedar just cut and ready for drying

Logs of Tunwood aka Red Cedar just cut and ready for drying

gulu

The Gulu, the block of wood which joins thw neck of the sitar to the main resonating gourd.

decorative carving

Carving of decorations

scraping the final finish

Scraping the final finish off of the decorative pickguard 

Artisan using a bow drill at the shop of RKS in Kolkata

Artisan using a bow drill at the shop od Radha Krishna Sharma in Kolkata

Matched pair of female tambouras ready for finishing

Matched pair of female tambouras ready for finishing

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Upcoming Performances

Nov 18
Walt Disney World
Lake Buena Vista, FL
Nov 19
Walt Disney World
Lake Buena Vista, FL
Nov 20
Walt Disney World
Lake Buena Vista, FL

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will melt away by the time the music is over.


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The Last Dance