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  • Author : Spenowr
  • Category : Music-instruments


The sitar is a plucked stringed instrument used in Hindustani classical music. The instrument flourished under the Mughals, and it is named after a Persian instrument called the setar(meaning three strings). The sitar flourished in the 16th and 17th centuries and arrived at its

present form in 18th-century India. It derives its distinctive timbre and resonance from sympathetic stringsbridge design, a long hollow neck and a gourd-shaped resonance chamber. In appearance, the sitar is similar to the tanpura, except that it has frets.

Used widely throughout the Indian subcontinent, the sitar became popularly known in the wider world through the works of Ravi Shankar, beginning in the late 1950s and early 1960s. In the 1960s, a short-lived trend arose for the use of the sitar in Western popular music, with the instrument appearing on tracks by bands such as The BeatlesThe DoorsThe Rolling Stones and others.

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