Music to their ears

The western musical instruments industry is poised to enter its most exciting phase

Soumik Kar

At 18, you’d naturally expect Samarth Swarup’s latest indulgence to be a fancy smartphone. Instead, it’s a Yamaha APX700 acoustic guitar. At ₹40,000, a tidy sum for this Class XII student at the Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan Vidyashram in Jaipur, the Yamaha is one in a line of six guitars and three keyboards Swarup accumulated over the past few years. These, and an amplifier, set him back by a cool ₹1.25 lakh. “Most of it was my own money,” he says, of the savings he made from tutoring others on the guitar.