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sitarkatz

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What make of sitar is Ravi Shankar playing? How about Anoushka?

I am going to see them in concert in San Francisco on October 29.

Sorry if this has been addressed before.

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These days Ravi-ji is playing the Rikhi Ram Studio sitar.
It is the flat back sitar with built in electronics.
Not much of an acoustic sound but through an amp it can be made to sound OK.
He is very fragile in his advanced age and cannot easily hold up a heavy regular sitar. He sits on a bench and sets the back of the sitar on the bench.
It does not sound as good as a full sitar, but any sitar is better than nothing.
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/222/472090445_d864f551c1.jpg

Anoushka seems to play a Hiren Roy.
At least she did when I saw them in concert and in pictures I have seen of her.
Not sure if it is an older one or a newer one made specifically for her, but you can assume that it is a fantastic one for sure.
http://scottsystemdesign.net/Designs/100BW/images/AnoushkaShankarSitar300dpi.jpg
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