Kishori Mohan Naskar (1923–1988) for years is considered to be the best string instruments maker (sitar, sarod, surbahar, tanpura) among the whole world. Many great musicians, including Ravi Shankar, Nikhil Banerjee, Vilayat Khan, Bade Ghulam Ali, Annapurna Devi, Bade Ghulam Ali and many more have praised his creations.
Born in a village in Diamond Harbour, 24 Parganas,West Bengal, India in 1923, He went to Bhowanipore (Kolkata) in West Bengal, India at the age of 15 to learn the art of sitar making. However, he didn't have money enough to buy his own instrument, so he took a job in the instrument shop of Makhanlal & sons. He started making sitars and soon found that local musicians praised his work.
Kishori Mohan Naskar started his own business in 1941 and spent his whole life researching the various aspects of sound, design and composition of an instrument. One can see how the assimilation of different styles of sitar playing enabled him to find newer avenues of improvement in terms of look and tonal quality. Here the artisan transcends his level and soars into the class of an artist. He wanted to make the sitar sound like the human voice. He made the tabli (wooden cover on top of the gourd) and the Dandi (the neck) strong enough to withstand heavier strokes and tapings on thicker strings thus making it more appropriate for meend(bending) which is an essential element of Indian music. This added to the clarity of tone and optimised the balance between the sound inside the gourd and the sound produced outside. Many documentary films on his life and work were also been made.