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.


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