Taus

Taus, meaning ‘peacock’ in Persian (due to its shape reminiscing the bird), is a special instrument from Sikh devotional music, Designed and created by the tenth Guru, Guru Gobind Singh, the Taus has a distinctly resonant and mellow sound.


Taus is a bowed instrument held by resting on the floor and the shoulder while sat cross-legged. It can be sen as a cross between Sarangi, due to the bow, and Sitar, due to the presence of frets. The instrument also shares similarities with the Sarod in its construction , in particular with the stretched skin across the main wooden body.