67-year-old Carl Lewis is now working on his third and biggest harp

The harp has become more of a showpiece than a musical instrument, and musicians who can play it are slowly disappearing.

But Cyril Lewis, a city-based instrument maker, is still passionate about crafting one of the oldest musical instruments in the world.

Believed to have originated in Mesopotamia in 3,500 B.C., the harp made its way to Egypt and parts of Asia.

Creating a harp proved difficult for the 67- year-old instrument-maker as he had to search for the right materials to build it.

“I had to search far and wide to find the materials to build this instrument. It’s a tedious process because you have to get everything right. The crafting process took about four months, during which I built two harps,” Mr. Lewis told The Hindu . He is now working on the third and biggest one yet.

Mr. Lewis was involved in the manufacture and maintenance of musical instruments. At 10 years of age, he was tuning grand pianos. He manages N. Lewis & Son at Benson Town.