This sitar is beautifully handcrafted by the finest makers; truly a mixed media form of art, it is made of wood, gourd, and metal. The instrument is played by the fingers with the help of frets and plucked with mizrafs. To help with resonance and a multi-dimentional sound, sympathetic strings envelope the bottom of the main Sitar strings. Sitar players create iconic "meends" or linked notes, by pulling the main string to create tonal changes. Some artists are able to pull a string with such precision and accuracy that they can play entire Aaro/Avaro (ascending/descending) scales on meend without relying on frets!
There are many different genres of Sitars. The type of wood used can greatly alter the sound of the instrument and thus the style. Varying types of Sitar have been made popular by renowned musicians such as: Vailayat Khan, Nikhil Banerjee, Ravi Shankar and many others. This Sitar is regarded as a "Shahid Parvez" style Sitar.