|Sarod is an instrument which is derived from the rabab. It is
not an ancient instrument, probably no more than 150 to 200 years.
It is essentially a bass rabab. It has a metal fingerboard with no
frets. The bridge rests on a taut membrane which covers the
resonator. The sarod has numerous strings, some of which are drone,
some are played, and some are sympathetic. The approach to tuning is
somewhat similar to other stringed instruments. It is played with a
pick made of coconut shell.
There are a number of artists who have excelled at this instrument. Today the most notable are Amjad Ali Khan and Ali Akbar Khan.