An Indian American man says he paid $3,000 to rent a guitar and an electric guitar to a band of Indian Americans
In a rare interview with The Washington Post, an Indian American musician says he was forced to pay $3.8 million for an instrument and a guitar, which he says he never played.
Ana J. Kulkarni, 56, of Washington, D.C., said he rented a guitar to the band of four men who formed the band The Native American Band, which performs in Indian country.
Krikarni says he bought the instrument for $1,500 in 2014.
The Indian American Band is based in the New England region of Vermont, where many of its members come from.
They play traditional songs and folk songs, including songs by the Wampanoag Confederacy, which includes some of the Band’s members.
Krikarnis family owns a woodworking business and is known for his love of traditional Indian music.
He said in an interview that the Band performed at an annual event in Washington, where he paid to play the instrument and to rent it.
The event included a traditional dance, he said.
Kulkarnis says he asked for a loan from a loan company and received a call from the company that charged him $3 a month for the instrument, $4 a month to rent the instrument while the other $4 went to pay for his electric guitar.
The Band members did not respond to an email requesting comment on Kulkar’s claims.
In an interview with the Indian American National Museum in Washington in March, a member of the band, Robert Tatum, said he and the other musicians paid the Band members about $3 million in the first six years of the organization, and they paid them off in four more years.
The Band members had no connection to the original owners, he added.
The band members do not have a name, and no band members or their families have been identified.
Kurt H. Krakowski, a University of New Hampshire professor and Indian-American Studies professor, said the Band had no business getting the instrument.
He said the band should have paid for the guitar and not rented it.
KKrakowski said that the original owner, who was a former band member, died in 2011.
Kikarni said in his statement that he was not a member.
He has filed a lawsuit against the Band.