Indian string instrument makers are fading away as global temperatures increase, according to a new report from the University of California, Davis.
The report’s authors found that in the years from 1950 to 2010, the number of Indian string players fell by more than 90 percent.
The loss in the industry was greatest in India, where the decline of traditional instruments led to the loss of over 90,000 Indian stringers, the report said.
The authors of the report noted that the decline in string instrument players has been well documented, with some experts suggesting that there are at least 2,000 to 5,000 new Indian string musicians a year, according the report.
The decline of the Indian string industry is a worrying development given the growing importance of Indian culture and heritage in modern life.
Indian String Instruments (ISI) is an international instrument manufacturing and design company that produces string instruments in India.
In the past decade, the company has added a large number of manufacturing jobs to its workforce, and has begun investing in a network of factories in India that will eventually employ up to 2,500 people.ISI president Amit Agarwal told CNBC that the company will invest $1 billion to expand its manufacturing capacity, and that its global workforce is expanding at double the pace of the United States, where there are about 100,000 ISI employees, according with CNBC.
Agarwal said that the Indian industry is also facing a growing threat from climate change.
“This is not just a concern for the Indian String Industry, it is a concern to all Indian String Manufacturers,” he said.
“There is a growing problem with climate change and the industry as a whole is being pushed to the brink of extinction,” he added.
“Our focus is on how we can grow the industry in India and around the world to meet the changing needs of the world.”
The study said that climate change poses a serious threat to the Indian-origin Indian String instruments, and it has been linked to a decline in the number and quality of Indian String Instruments.