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A stringed instrument from India. The sitar is a member of the lute family with a long neck and a pear shaped body. Originally, the sitar had three strings; now, 4-7 are more common. When there are seven, five of them are usually used for melody, and the other two provide a continuous drone. Addititional sympathetic strings* may be placed underneath the main strings to enrich the instrumentís musical tone.

* Sympathic strings are strings located underneath the main strings on an instrument. They are not played directly, but vibrate "in sympathy" as the main strings are played.

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