Sitar

Sitar

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Belonging to the North Indian classical tradition, the Sitar is South Asia’s most famous plucked string instrument on the world stage. It is the first one to be widely heard and recognised in the West through the appearance of late Pandit Ravi Shankar way back in the 1960s and courtesy being on tracks by bands such as The Beatles, The Doors, The Rolling Stones. With a bridge design, a long hollow neck, and a gourd-shaped resonance chamber and frets under the strings, it is thought that the instrument's name comes from the Persian “seh” (meaning three) and “taar” (meaning string). Although its exact origins are not agreed, it flourished under the Mughal rule in India in the 16th and 17th centuries and arrived at its present form in 18th-century India.