12th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Culture and the Arts
Crafting a Sitar

The sitar is more than just an instrument - it really is a piece of art. Hidden behind an unassuming and inconspicuous storefront, a seated luthier marks locations for chikari kunti (tuning pegs) on his next creation.

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Date Taken: 09.2012
Date Uploaded: 11.2014
Photo Location: Varanasi, India
Copyright: © Nick DeBarmore