The Santoor is a
stringed instrument, indigenous to the Kashmir valley as a folk
instrument. In ancient times it was known as "Shata-tantri-veena",
or hundred stringed lute. The Santoor is made of maple or walnut
wood, shaped like a trapezoid, and the strings are steel. The
Santoor is played with a pair of curved mallets made of walnut wood
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Arshad Syed is a
disciple of the great Santoor maestro
Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, and
has been performing on the Santoor in the U.S. and abroad. The
santoor has been gaining in popularity in classical Indian music due
to Shiv Kumar Sharma’s immense contribution, and Arshad is keeping
up the tradition with his dedication and well-rounded playing ..
Arshad Syed has been
offering Santoor classes in San Francisco Bay are since..