Stearns Collection Item Detail


Name of Instrument: vina

Maker / Brand: Ther Mohammad & Sons

Stearns Catalog #: 2609

Country of Origin: Pakistan

Region of Origin: Middle East

Instrument Category: Chordophone

Date of Fabrication:

Location: CHO N 3

Description: Leo Sarkisian first went to Pakistan in the 1950s as part of his job with Tempo International where traveled with the Radio Pakistan Director, Mr. Salim Gilani. Mr. Gilani gave this Vina to Leo during his first visit in 1953. It used to have a baseball-sized oval glass to slide over the strings. Leo Sarkisian is Voice of America (VOA) Broadcaster and Writer in Washington, D.C. and former Director for Ethnic Recordings, Tempo International, Hollywood, CA. In Africa, Leo is known as VOA's Music Man.

The Leo Sarkisian Collection