The Sitar is perhaps the best-known and most
popular classical instrument from India. Initially
known as TriTantri Veena (3stringed
instrument) in the Vedic times, the Sitar is believed
to have been re-modelled and
re-christened (as SITAR) by Amir Khusru,
the Persian poetmusician in the middle ages.
Since then the Sitar has survived centuries,
grown in popularity and gone through structural
changes to assume its present form that
of a 20stringed instrument with a wooden
stem and a gourd (a vegetable grown in India)
shell for its sound box.