from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A many-stringed lute of northern India that is played with a plectrum.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A fretless string instrument used mainly in Indian classical music.


Urdu, from Persian sarūd, from Middle Persian srōd; akin to Avestan sraotəm, hearing, sound.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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  • most recently shredded by long-haired playboy Anupam Shobhakar.
    I'm becoming increasingly convinced that old-fashioned virtuososo are the ones who give a real freakout, Dio be damned.

    September 16, 2009

  • I had the immense pleasure of attending an Indian music workshop with Mr. Khan many years ago in North Carolina. An absolutely extraordinary musician.

    June 20, 2009

  • “Unlike his father, a volatile and uneven performer, Mr. Khan maintained an austere demeanor onstage while coaxing passages of extraordinary intensity from his sarod, an instrument with 25 strings, 10 plucked with a piece of coconut shell while the remainder resonate sympathetically.”

    The New York Times, Ali Akbar Khan, Sarod Virtuoso, Dies at 87, by William Grimes, June 19, 2009

    June 20, 2009