However, today this industry faces several challenges related to the materials used and methods employed leading to a non-standardized product of unpredictable quality.
A project was conceived by Dr. Suvarnalata Rao in order to assess in an objective way the problems associated with this craft and to evolve a comprehensive strategy to support this traditional art through more predictable scientific methods. Funding for this project was provided by the Homi Bhabha Fellowships Council (1996-98).
Four major string instruments of North India, viz. sitar, tanpura, sarod and sarangi were selected.
The specific objectives of this endeavour were to:
The study brought to focus a number of areas, which need to be studied further in collaboration with the instrument makers. A full report on this project is available at the NCPA Library as well as with the Homi Bhabha Fellowships Council.