About Mohammad Waseem Sitarmaker (Maner)

History & Family Background

Mohammad Waseem Sitarmaker

Mohammad Waseem was born in the city of Miraj. In his childhood, Md. Waseem used to go to his Grandfather (Maternal) Late. Mhammulal Husensahab Sitarmaker's workshop. The fact about Mhammulal is that he did Jawari for 30 years even though he was blind.

Mohammad Waseem was born in the city of Miraj. In his childhood, Md. Waseem used to go to his Grandfather (Maternal) Late. Mhammulal Husensahab Sitarmaker's workshop. The fact about Mhammulal is that he did Jawari for 30 years even though he was blind.

As growing up, he started to help his grandpa in Sitarmaking. Grandfather (Mhammulal) taught him all the art of playing sitar and the process of making a sitar.

Md. Waseem's Grandfather (Paternal) Late. Gafar Hanifsahab Maner (Sitarmaker) was also in same business. He (Mr. Gafar) did this work until his death at the age of 30.

Mhammulal Sitarmaker (Grandfather of Mohammad Waseem Sitarmaker)

While doing Jawari for Ustad Halim Jafar in one of his program in Dharwad city, Ustad Halim Jafar was so amazed that he kissed Mhammulal’s hand.

After the death of Mr. Gafarsahab, his son Mr. Salim Gafar Maner (Sitarmaker), Father of Mohammad Waseem, continued the business.

Mohammad Waseem's family & Ancestors are doing Sitarmaking business for almost 100 years and are one of the most reputed people among the Sitarmakers in Miraj City. The Sitars and Tanpuras made by us are known for the best quality, durability and design.

These are being used by some well-known personalities in International Music Industry.

Important Equipments in Sitar Making

Tumba - Equipments used for Sitar Making

Tumba

The characteristic gourd resonating body of the sitar and tanpura. Its size, shape and thickness are factors in the quality of sound produced.

Tabli - Equipments used for Sitar Making

Tabli

The wood sound board or resonating front face. Vibrations from the plucked strings are transmitted across the tabli via the attached bridge to the gourd resonator. The tabli's thickness, size, shape and wood density are major factors in the instrument's tone quality.

Jawari - Equipments used for Sitar Making

Jawari

This term refers to the bridge that supports the instrument's strings. "Jawari" also refers to that bridge's precision surface contour under the string's contact point. This is the heart of an instrument's sound quality. It takes great skill to shape this surface correctly and is essential in producing the resonant buzzing sound.

Dandi - Equipments used for Sitar Making

Dandi

The long neck of a sitar or tanpura which supports the strings, resonant chamber and tuning pegs. The entire length is hollow serving as an extended sound resonator.

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