The sitar (Sanskrit: सितार) is a plucked stringed instrument mostly used in Hindustani classical music.
The instrument is named after a Persian instrument called the setar, which means three strings.
The sitar, as it is now, has been widely used in India since the 18th century. In the late 1950s and 1960s it gained popularity worldwide through the works of Ravi Shankar. In the 1960s, the sitar was used by bands such as The Beatles, The Doors, The Rolling Stones and others.