Sitars

The sitar is probably the most popular of all Indian melody instruments - its buzz is THE sound of India for many people. We distinguish two basic types of sitars according to their string setup and ornamentation. More details are available on the page Construction & Styles.

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Sitars

RAVI SHANKAR STYLE SITAR

These instruments have four melody strings, three drone strings and 13 sympathetic strings, an additional upper sound box and are lavishly decorated. They are also called kharaj-pancham-sitars.

Sitars

VILAYAT KHAN STYLE SITAR

These instruments have two melody strings, four drone strings, 11 to 13 sympathetic strings, no upper sound box and a chaste, puristic design. They are also called gandhar-pancham-sitars.