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The Uniqueness of the Sitar

Amir Khusrav (c. 1253-1325) is thought to have invented the sitar. This instrument is played with a plectrum on four of its six or seven strings. The right index finger is responsible for wearing this wire plectrum.

The construction of the instrument is such that an additional eleven to nineteen sympathetic strings are fitted in place on a separate bridge. In addition, the sitar has movable frets.

The most common type of sitar is the tarafdar sitar, also known as a concert sitar. This wood instrument comes in either a double-gourd or a single-gourd model. A bass sitar is known as a surbahar.

The legend associated with this instrument is Ravi Shankar.





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Piano Music | Chamber Classical Music | Inspirational Orchestral Music | Classical Composers | Name That Music | Free Composition and Piano Lessons | Piano Music Notes | Learn Music Theory | Finale Music Writing Software | Composing Music to Films | Writing Classical Score | List of Instruments | Music Sound Recording Studios | Multitrack Recording Process | Music Mixing Advice