Santoor is a Persian word, and it means a hundred strings. It is the oldest known string instrument of India. In Sanskrit, it is called the Shata Tantri Veena or “a hundred-stringed lute.” Santoor is a unique Indian string instrument that is not plucked or bowed but is played with a pair of light wooden sticks while sitting in a “Padmasana” or “Ardha-padmasana” position and placing it on top of the lap. Originally in India, it was only heard in the hills and valleys of Kashmir. It was first presented on the classical stage by the maestro Pandit Shivkumar Sharma and has ever since taken its place in the hearts of millions around the world.