Sato (instrument)

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The sato is a bowed tanbur, or long-necked lute, played by performers of Central Asian classical and folk music, mainly in Uzbekistan.[1] It has five strings. When plucked, the top string is pressed to the neck to produce a melody; the other four strings are drone strings.[1] Frets on the neck are made of tied string.[2] The soundboard has holes drilled in it for sound holes.[2] It is made from mulberry wood.[2]

Famous uzbek musician Turgun Alimatov is solely responisible for reviving the art of playing the sato, as it had completely disappeared for a number of centuries before he took it up in 1957. Thus he has been considered as the founder of the sato and its playing style and technique.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Instruments". Aga Khan Development Network. Retrieved 12 October 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c Green, Todd. "String Instruments, Sato (Uzbekistan)". Retrieved 12 October 2016. 
  3. ^ Matyakubov, O. "A Traditional Musician in Modern Society: A Case Study of Turgun Alimatov's Art". Yearbook for Traditional Music 25 (1993), pp. 60-66.