Who is considered the father of Sahatara (Sitar) ?

Who is considered the father of Sahatara (Sitar) ?
(1) Mian Tansen
(2) Baiju Bawara
(3) Amir Khusro
(4) Bade Ghulam Ali Khan

Answer: (3) Amir Khusro
Amir Khusro was an Indian musician, scholar and poet. He was an iconic figure in the cultural history of the Indian subcontinent. A Sufi mystic and a spiritual disciple of Nizamuddin Auliya of Delhi, Amir Khusro was not only a notable poet but also a prolific and seminal musician. Amir Khusro is credited with fashioning the tabla as a split version of the traditional Indian drum, the pakhawaj. Popular lore also credits him with inventing the sitar, the Indian grand lute, but it is possible that the Khusro associated with the sitar was Khusrau Khan, who lived in the 18th century (he is said to be a descendant of the son-in-law of Tansen, the celebrated classical singer in the court of the Mughal Emperor Akbar).

Amir Khusro


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