|Sitar maestro Pt Ravi Shankar was a model
in instrument care. It was not beyond him to book an
extra first class airline ticket for his sitar so it
could travel in comfort. If this was not possible, he
would have an instrument maker-repairer tour with him
even internationally for months.
(‘More than an instrument’ by Chitravina Ravikiran, The Times of India, July 14, 2014)
|Kesarbai Kerkar’s three-minute rendition
of ‘Jaat kahan ho’ in the morning raga Bhairavi even
made it to interstellar space, as part of the Golden
Record sent up on the Voyager probes in 1977.
(‘On the Record’ by Arunabha Deb, The Caravan, July 1, 2014)
|Mention has been made in the Rig Veda of musical instruments such as mridanga, , vina, bangshi, damaru etc.|