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Sitar is considered to be one of the folk instruments of ancient India that occupies the place of pride in the Indian musical instruments, which is believed to be descending of the long neck lutes that came to India from central Asia. Miraj is the city located at the southern part of Maharashtra gives a platform for the makers of the sitar.
Sitar is one of the key instruments in Hindustani music with three strings, which belongs to the lute family where the strings of the instruments are parallel to its resonator and having bowed chordophone. The word sitar is taken from the Persian word sihtar that means three strings and tar from Punjabi language-meaning string. It is believed that sitar was introduced by Persians and Turks between 11th to 12th centuries in India that had only three strings and later the strings are increased due to the influence of veena.
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