Traditional Instuments


The instruments used most frequently in Persian traditional music are: santur, setar, kamancheh, ghichak, ney, zarb and dayereh. Ghichak and dayareh, along with other well-known instruments such as surna, balaban, tambur, dotar, retab and dohol, are more commonly associated with folk music. The evolved and developed forms of these instruments are found all over the world. The barbat, which became the oud (al oud in Arabic), for instance, became the European lute, the name itself reflecting its ancestry.