Tired of hearing those staple sounds from your guitar or piano? How about trying out a new instrument that creates a unique and distinct sound? Zitar, a combination of an electric guitar and a sitar, does just that. The instrument creates and emits a unique and distinct rock guitar sound that would be music to your ears. Having the classical and soothing sounds of a sitar and blending them with the more modern and rock oriented sounds of an electric guitar, Zitar is making new waves in the field of music.
Zitar is the invention of Niladri Kumar, the son and disciple of Sitar Maestro Pandit Kartick Kumar. Having started learning the sitar from the tender age of four and having gotten a traditional upbringing, he was in for a culture shock during his college days. Seeing that the new generation appreciated and followed a different kind of music, he decided to invent a new instrument that combined Indian musical gharana and world music styles. It was this sentiment, along with his creative flair, that led Kumar to create the truly unique and zestful sound of Zitar. Using the Zitar, Kumar has given music in films such as Omkara, Gangster and Life in a Metro. For his efforts, he was rewarded with the prestigious “Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar” for instrumental Hindustani Music by the Sangeet Natak Akedemi.
So for all those interested in trying out this wonderful and unique instrument, here is a quick heads up. Firstly, keep in mind that, unlike a sitar, a zitar doesn’t come with 20 strings. Instead, just like a guitar, it only has five strings attached to it. Also, a zitar comes equipped with an electric pickup that makes it sound more like a guitar. To buy a zitar, you can go on Amazon or Flipkart and search for it.
Those interested in listening to wonderful melodies created by a zitar can buy NIladri Kumar’s instrumental album (titled Zitar) that was released in 2008.
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Cost: Rs. 12000 (Approximately)