Type: Plucked Lute > Chordophones.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 321.322.6
Region: South Asia.
Description: Surbahar [in Hindi; सुरबहार pronunciation IPA: s̪urbəhɑːr]. The translation comes to a literal meaning “Spring Melody”. The Surbahar a plucked string instrument used in the Hindustani classical music of North India.
Tuning: Depending on the instrument’s size, it is usually pitched two to five whole steps below the standard sitar, but as Indian classical music has no concept of absolute pitch, this may vary.