surbahar (Bass sitar)

~ String instrument


Effectively a bass sitar, it has 4 main, 3-4 chikari(drone) and 10-11 resonance strings strung over a wide wooden neck. Made of flat-cut gourd with a possible secondary resonator (tumba) it was invented in 1825 by sitar-player Ghulam Mohammed who wanted a deeper sound.


from: India
invented by: ওস্তাদ গোলাম মোহাম্মদ (sitar player and inventor of the surbahar) (1825)
derived from: kachva sitar (Flat-cut gourd sitar)
type of: sitar (Indian long-necked lute)
Wikidata: Q980383 [info]