The main  vision of Astha Guitars is to build  premium high-end acoustic and electric guitars  and at the same time give young motivated people a chance to learn special skills and to build up their confidence to face the future with hope!

We run primary and secondary schools (we have six across India), as well as a Bible  college. We are based out of Bangalore in India. We also have an amazing community development proramme amongst women in a few villages in North India.

Around five years ago, I partnered with a Swiss  guitar builder to start a social  enterprise in Bangalore. Our goal was to build high-end guitars and, at the same time, provide employment opportunities to young people… and, eventually, use a portion of the profits to help under privileged children go to school.

Photograph by Bangalore photographer Spenser Davids

Astha Guitars is a social enterprise where the profits flow back into the guitar workshop to be self sufficient and 10% of every sold guitar will go into supporting children from lesser privileged backgrounds with education which will provide for one year of schooling for one child. People will then get the opportunity to keep supporting that specific child with annual schooling fees if desired.

We really want this to be a multiple win/win  situation! You will receive a high  quality guitar for a fair price and at  the same time you enable young   guys to learn the very unique trade of guitar building and on top of that  support children in need with  schooling!


Astha Guitars
Santosh Gnanakan