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 (sĭt′är′, sĭ-tär′)
A stringed instrument of India having a seasoned gourd for a body and a hollow wooden neck with movable raised frets. Stretched over the frets are usually 6 or 7 metal strings on which the melody is played with a pick, and stretched under the frets are 11 or more sympathetic resonating strings.

[Hindi sitār, from Persian : si, three; see trei- in Indo-European roots + tār, string; see ten- in Indo-European roots.]

si·tar′ist n.
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(Instruments) a stringed musical instrument, esp of India, having a long neck, a rounded body, and movable frets. The main strings, three to seven in number, overlie other sympathetic strings, the tuning depending on the raga being performed
[from Hindi sitār, literally: three-stringed]
siˈtarist n
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a lute of India with a small, pear-shaped body and a long, broad, fretted neck.
[1835–45; < Hindi sitār]
si•tar′ist, n.
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Noun1.sitar - a stringed instrument of Indiasitar - a stringed instrument of India; has a long neck and movable frets; has 6 or 7 metal strings for playing and usually 13 resonating strings
stringed instrument - a musical instrument in which taut strings provide the source of sound
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[sɪˈtɑːʳ] Nsitar m
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[sɪˈtɑːr ˈsɪtɑːr] n (= musical instrument) → sitar m
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nSitar m
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[sɪˈtɑːʳ] nsitar m inv
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A Pakistani musician, composer and writer, Wajih ull Husnain Nizami is a classical Sitarist and upholds the tradition of sitar playing handed down to him through 18 generations of "Senia Gharana" after the name of "Mian Tan Sein Ji," the court musician of Mughal Emperor Akbar.
In between his readings, leading Sitarist of the country Ustad Nafees Khan played sitar, entertaining the audience with his music.
Wajih Nizami is a musician, composer and writer who plays Sitar and has been described as the most known contemporary Pakistani Musician, a brilliant performer and acclaimed as one of the most outstanding Sitar players of the country, Wajih is a classical Sitarist who is carrying legacy from his family that belongs to Senia Gharana after the name of Mian Tan Sein Ji.
This concert program will also feature a Grammy-nominated sitarist and composer Gaurav Mazumdar, one of the most versatile musicians of our time whose performances gather interest all over the world.
In 1999, Shamma performed with Pakistani sitarist Ashraf Khan, and in Spain in 2011, he shared the stage with sitarist Sharaf Khan and tabla player Shahbaz Hussein.
Young sitarist Turab Ali began proceedings with a memorable rendition.
The long line of performers includes Roy, Aima Baig, Sanam Marvi, Farhan Saeed, Amanat Ali, Abu Muhammad, Fareeduddin and his son Raziuddin Ahmed, Fuzon, Goher Mumtaz, Zoe and Rachel Viccaji, Mohsin Abbas Haider, Humera Channa, Natasha Baig, Sitarist Nafees Ahmed, Syed Mikail Murshed, Pepsi Battle of the Bands winner Kashmir, Lyari Underground and Jasim and The Pindi Boys.
The book is, in the words of eminent musicologist and sitarist Deepak Raja, "a rejection of the despair and cynicism that are endemic to our classical music community today"
Next Saturday night, in complete stylistic contrast, also provides the opportunity to catch one of the finest exponents of Indian classical music when Gem Arts present sitarist Baluji Shrivastav in Sage Gateshead's Northern Rock Foundation Hall.
IN ALL the years that Bickram Ghosh worked with and learned from great sitarist Ravi Shankar, one particular memory stands out from the rest.