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 strings, bridge 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, the sitar has been used in the works of Ravi Shankar and  on tracks by bands such as The Beatles, The Doors, The Rolling Stones and others.

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Sanjay Guha

"Right from my childhood, I was surrounded by beautiful music, from Vilayat Khan to Ravi Shankar … It was as though it was destined to be my passion."

A talented Sitar player, Sanjay belongs to the Maihar-Senia Gharana tradition and was introduced to his beloved instrument as a child by his uncle Sri Satyabrata Guha. He went on to receive training from the Sarod maestro, the late Radhika Mohan Maitra, and also received special guidance from the late Pandit Ravi Shankar and Deepak Choudhury. Sanjay is a Fellow of Trinity College London.

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