The Western Sitar
Part 1: The Traditional Sitar
The two traditional styles
1- VILAYAT KHAN STYLE
Sitars in the 'Vilayat Khan Style' (Gandhar-Pancham)
possess only one sound-box and a plain classical ornamentation.
They are mostly equipped with 11 resonance strings and 6 strings for playing,
of which two are melody
strings with a range of three octaves.
2-RAVI SHANKAR STYLE
Instruments in the 'Ravi Shankar Style' (Kharaj-Pancham)
have two sound-boxes and rich ornamentation.
They are usually equipped with 13 sympathetic strings and 7 playing strings,
4 of which serve as melody strings comprising a range of four octaves.