KESHAV MUSIC IS RUN BY MUSICIANS FOR MUSICIANS
Unlike large companies that purchase instruments sight-unseen over the phone, we fly three times a year to India, purchasing hand-picked instruments to sell here in the states. Because our instruments are individually selected we are never compelled to sell off defective instruments to clear out stock. So-called "beginner" models (too often a euphemism for shoddy tourist-shop eyesores that only end up collecting dust on coffee tables) have no place in our line. We employ no middle-man, allowing us to offer the best possible prices.
Our instruments are offered in a range of prices and qualities suitable for serious students or industry pros.
KESHAV MUSIC acquires many of our select instruments from DMS Music of Old Delhi, as well as Paloma from Haribhau Vishwanath of Mumbai and Monoj Kumar Sardar of Kolkata. The full line of Indian instruments from these esteemed instrument builders are available to us. We also import fine one-off pieces purchased in the Rabindra Sarani, Lal Bazaar District in Calcutta famous for its Harmoniums and Tanpuras.
WHO IS KESHAV?
Keshav is a Kirtan-wallah (a player of Hindu devotional music) and a professional musician for 35 years. He has recorded withKrishna Das on the Triloka label and is a regular accompanist with Krishna Das. He has also performed with Jai Uttal, Steve Gorn, Alice Coltrane, Jeff Buckely, William Parker, Narendra Budakar, Rakesh Prasanna, Krishnan Shanmugam, Ayub Khan, Gulam Mohammed Khan, Dave Stringer - and the Dervishes of Masjid Al Farah.
This web site previews only a small selection of our available instruments. Please e-mail us for information on instruments not illustrated.
WHO BUYS FROM KESHAV MUSIC IMPORTS?
Over the years we have provided instruments and repairs and support to many of the finest musicians in the business including, Vilayat Khan, Shahid Parvez, Kiran Aluwalia, Rez Abassi, Karsh Kale, Shilpa Rea, Vishal Vaid, TV Gopalkrishnan, Krishnadas, Jai Uttal, Dave Stringer, The Pharoah Sanders Group, Hamid Drake, William Parker, Cyndi Lauper, Bill Laswell, Rick Rubin, The Beastie Boys, The National, Brooklyn Qawwali Party, Rusted Root, Babukishan Baul, Narenda Budhakar, Yaiyasaki Das and Bhagavan Das. Our instruments are used by many top studio musicians and can be heard on recordings by Elvis Costello, Marianne Faithful, David Sanborn, Tom Waits, James Taylor, Tom Petty, Beck, and more.