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.
See other World instruments.