PHOTO: COURTESY AJAY KAPUR ’02

The GANAPATIBOT succeeded the MahaDeviBot (page 36) and includes more options for striking the percussion instruments, along with speakers that play sounds from an iPod mini.

PHOTO: COURTESY AJAY KAPUR ’02

TAMMY, standing 6 feet tall, comprises a marimba, a plucked-string instrument, and bells. It was envisioned by Kapur and two colleagues, and engineered by students in Kapur’s class.

PHOTO: COURTESY AJAY KAPUR ’02

THE ELECTRONIC SITAR (ESitar) ­combines the sitar with software that enables a ­performer to connect to a laptop and interact with robotic instruments.