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sitar

(sĭtär`), fretted string instrument with a gourdlike body and a long neck, similar to the lute. It has from 3 to 7 gut strings, tuned in fourths or fifths (or both), and a lower course of 12 wire strings that vibrate sympathetically with the first set. It is played alone or in a small ensemble. Indigenous to the India subcontinent, the sitar was popularized in the West in the 1960s by the Indian virtuoso Ravi ShankarShankar, Ravi
(Robindra Shankar Chowdhury), 1920–2012, Indian sitarist and composer, b. Varanasi. He was the first Indian instrumentalist to attain an international reputation and is credited with introducing traditional Indian music to the West.
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 and is sometimes used in rock music.

Sitar

 

a stringed musical instrument. The sitar has a wooden convex body, a long neck with 16 to 18 movable frets, and three melody strings and up to ten sympathetic strings. The strings are tuned in fourths and fifths. The sitar is native to India, where it is a plucked instrument, and Uzbekistan and Tadzhik-istan, where it is often bowed as well as plucked. [23–1426–]

sitar

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
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He climbed into Sittar's car next to Ali and Ahmed, and the four set off to find a closer spot to film the wreckage.
Cornered, Salem, Ali, Ahmed and Sittar got out of the car, raised their arms above their heads and shouted that they were journalists.
Ali, Ahmed and Sittar were grabbed by the soldiers and shoved face-down on the floor under the seats of what they came to call "the tank." Salem was tossed across a row of seats.
The seats were pushed down on top of Ali, Ahmed and Sittar and locked into place.
Soldiers sat on top of the three men and squeezed their boots around Ali's, Ahmed's and Sittar's heads, which were poking out the ends of the rows.
But Ali, Ahmed and Sittar say the pain of the bouncing ride and pressure from the seats squeezing them made it impossible to keep quiet.
The bouncing metal floor of the tank beat bruises across Ali's, Ahmed's and Sittar's faces.
Playing on that social more, Sittar was told to lick the bottoms of the slippers he was wearing, a humiliating gesture.
I am a journalist, and look what they did to me," Sittar says.
RAWALPINDI -- The court of Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) Abdul Sittar Langa on Saturday directed Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan to appear in person or send a representative before the court in a defamation case filed by the former PMLN MNA Muhammad Hanif Abbasi.
For Mansoor Rahi Synergy is a melody, he has used the harsh medium of marker making the outline of the shape that is the artists equalency of the beat by Tabla, then complementing these marker shapes with the soft graphite, which according to Rahi is the visual substitute of Sittar. Mansoor Rahi is the second artist who has dared to experiment with the medium of Marker after Sadequain as the mediums harshness needs a very seasoned hand.
Additional Secretary and Spokesman of Pakistan Post office Fazle Sittar talking to reporter informed that to cater the requirement of the postal clientele and to offer a value added facility to the users of postal services, Pakistan has since made available carton boxes of 2 sizes and UMS envelopes of 4 sizes to the post offices for packing of UMS/EMS products.