The Hindu Business Line

Fading melody

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two towns. We are neither here nor there).

The family greets us with piping hot cups of tea and biscuits. But the mood turns sombre when Imtiaz begins to speak, “Nowadays people want to play guitars and we don’t know how to make them. What they don’t realise is that the guitar is a foreign instrument. To make and buy foreign instrument­s in India is like sounding the death knell for our own instrument makers.”

Imtiaz recalls, “We used to live in a mansion. My father would tell me that his grandfathe­r taught all of them how to make sitars. They would play together, eat together and live happily. But after a few years, when business slowed down, families were pitted against

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