La la lockdown: Sale of musical instruments hits the high note amid pandemic


Nine months ago, Nitu Gautam, an orthodontist based in Bhubaneswar, picked up the ukulele to calm her flaming nerves in the middle of a raging pandemic. A few weeks into her lessons, she could play Johnny Cash’s “You’re my sunshine”. “I chose the ukulele because I wanted to learn an easy musical instrument. It turned out to be life-changing,” she says.

Gautam is not alone. Last year, when Indians hunkered down at home during the lockdown, some


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