I am lucky to have access to many wonderful instruments and teachers. For percussion, I mainly play tabla (more information below), though I also occasionally play dumbek, pakhawaj, and ghatam. For melody, I mainly play the sarod, mohan veena, lap steel guitar, and a "banjabab" a tenor banjo I modified (more information below). I have modified the tenor banjo and lap steel to make more suited to play Hindustani (North Indian classical) music.
The sarod is a North Indian classical instrument. My guruji is the sarod maestro Soumya Chakraverty. Sarod has 23 to 25 strings. It is fretless, allowing long slides called meends. Sarod is played with a jabba, a plectrum made of coconut shell. Similar to a sitar, it has open strumming strings and sympathetic strings.
Tabla is a North Indian classical drum. There are two pieces, a larger drum made of brass or aluminum, and a smaller drum made of wood. The leather heads are held in place and given tension by adjustable leather straps down the sides. Listen to a sample.
Modified Lap Steel Guitar
I modified a solid body 8 string lap steel in order to more easily play mohan veena style on it. One of the characteristics of Hindustani classical melody I like is playing jhalla, fast passages that rely on the strumming of chikari (open drone) strings, functionally similar to a banjo's 5th string. I added a banjo tuning peg and post half way up the neck to create a high-octave chikari (drone) string, and use a regular string slot to have a second chikari string an octave lower. I play them with a thumb pick. There are three main playing strings. I play with a glass bottleneck slide. Listen to a sample.