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About Us

Musician's Mall - Formerly The Ali Akbar College Store


The Bhargava family, representing Musician's Mall in the US, has over 50 years in the trade and seeks to assure every customer receives the best experience. The desire to set up a store in the US and supply the best quality Indian Musical Instruments to Professionals and Amateurs gave us the opportunity to acquire the Ali Akbar College Store in Berkeley in 2014. We are proud that Musician's Mall has maintained the high standards for which the AACM Store was known.  We have also been able to retain and recruit some of the best craftsmen available in the US for the set up and shipping of these beautiful instruments. We are located in Berkeley California, known for it's University, music culture and frequent year-round concerts and festivals.  

 Our Staff

Rishab Bhargava is the Vice-President of Musician's Mall. He runs the business effectively on the U.S. side. 

Jordan is the store manager, overseeing the day to day operations of the store. In addition he creates various videos of our instruments for customers and the web site and oversees the packing of the instruments. Jordan has studied sitar and currently studies sarod and harmonium as well devotional forms of music such as bhajans and kirtans. 

Kalyan is an expert in repairs of all Indian Instruments and would be rated among the best repair technicians. He was a long time sarod student at the Ali Akbar College and currently performs on guitar and makes custom slide guitars.

Michael is an expert Harmonium Tuner and prepper. He also manages the stores computers and network and checks stringed instruments before shipping. He has studied sitar, surbahar and rudra veena in the Vishnupur tradition since 1973.

Ben is a stringed instrument and drum specialist. He was a long time student of the Ali Akbar College. Ben plays sarod as well as guitar and performs regularly. Ben's knowledge and experience makes him an integral part of our store.

Will has a BFA and MFA from CalArts in Indian Classical Music where he studied under Ashish Khan and Swapan Choudhury. He has also studied sitar with sitar masters Roshan Jamal Bhartiya, Tushar Bhaita and Shakir Khan. Will sets up and tests sitars at the store as well as contributes to the day to day operations. He also teaches a Thursday evening sitar class at the store in Berkeley. 

Jane is an operations specialist who works well with customers and contributes to the maintenance and accuracy of our databases and inventory.

Ahmed is a song writer, guitar player and performer. Ahmed works with Jordan in the preparation and shipping of our instruments and in maintaining the store.

These master craftsmen help us in offering the best quality instruments at affordable prices. The store sells quality instruments from manufacturers such as PAUL & CO, BINA, PALOMA,  MONOJ KUMAR SARDAR, MUSICIAN'S MALL, KANAILAL & SONS, HARIDAS VHATKAR, SHYMAL DAS, HANIF and many more...

We are operated by the same management as Musician's Mall in Mumbai, who primarily deal in Western musical instruments. Their web link -