Types: Chordophones > Composite > Lutes > Waisted > Fretted.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 321.312.7
Region: South Asia.
Description: The taus is a bowed stringed instrument from the North Indian region of Punjab. The taus is attributed to be to be an invention by Guru Hargobind. The dilruba was muddled after the taus to be a more compact design, allowing the transport on horseback. The Taus was later modified into the lighter Dilruba by Guru Gobind Singh. It has a peacock body and neck with 20 heavy metal frets. The neck consists of a long wooden rack with 28-30 strings and is played with a bow.
Citations: Bibliography: Dharam Singh 2001 Perspectives on Sikhism. Publication Bureau, Punjabi University. p. 158. ISBN 978-8-1738-0736-7 ; Dutta, Madhumita 2008 ; Let’s Know Music and Musical Instruments of India. Star Publications. pp. 22–23. ISBN 978-1-9058-6329-7 Websites: