In Diwan Singh, an unsung instrument of Indian classical music found an unsung champion

This Article First Appeared In The Scroll On Sept 03, 2023

The plain white tag around the neck of the tanpura says simply: 1890, Miraj, Ustad Abdul Karim Khan. Around it, many more tanpuras stand tall, perched on their protuberant bases like awkward sentinels of sound. Their tags tell their respective origin stories – their scale, celebrated owners, faceless craftsmen with single names like Basir and Farookh, place of making.

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