Dutar

Dutar

The dutar, dotar or doutar (Persian: دو تار, Tajik: дутор, Uzbek: dutor) is a traditional long-necked two-stringed lute found in Iran and central and south Asia. Its name comes from the Persian word for 'two strings', دو تار dotār ( دو do 'two' and تار tār 'string'), although the Herati dutar of Afghanistan has fourteen strings. When played, the strings are usually plucked by the Uyghurs of Western China and strummed and plucked by the Tajiks, Turkmen, Uzbeks, Afghan people, and in Pakistan.