Introduce someone to the sound of the santoor, one of the oldest instruments in the world with origins in the Middle East. We’re looking for the best gifts to make your shopping experience easy and fun. Choose from Persian and Indian music, T-shirts, cooking aprons, trucker hats, posters, cotton canvas tote bags, refrigerator magnets, ceramic coffee and stainless steel commuter mugs, colorful buttons, and more unique santoor gifts.
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Music is a wonderful gift to give yourself. Even if you’re unfamiliar with Persian or Indian music, you’re going to love the exotic sound of the santoor.
Persian Santoor Music
Tehran-born Hossein Farjami is a highly respected musician. On his instrumental albums, Iranian folk song melodies are played on the santoor, accompanied by two drums, the dombak (goblet drum) and the daf (frame drum).
Shivkumar Sharma began training as a vocalist and tabla player at the age of five. At thirteen he began an intensive study of the santoor at the behest of his father. Firmly established as a master instrumentalist, he is credited as the first musician to play Indian classical music on the santoor.
Celebrate the exotic santoor string instrument with a practical shirt gift. The possibilities are endless with these shirt designs. Choose from a wide variety of styles and colors in sizes for all age groups. Click on any design to see what’s available.
I Love Santoor Sunshine Yellow Orange Mandala Heart
Mandala heart design in warm orange and yellow tones is perfect for any santoor player or fan of this unique Indian string instrument.
Here’s one of our favorite inexpensive and practical gift ideas for santoor players. Refrigerator magnets always come in handy. Standard size square magnets measure 2 by 2 inches. Designs are printed on 100% recycled paper. Scratch and UV-resistant Mylar keeps magnets looking fresh and new for years.
Classic cotton-poly twill blend aprons are another of our top picks for practical santoor gifts. Choose from several style and color options. Spacious front pockets hold plenty of utensils and cooking tools. Aprons are machine washable and proudly made in the U.S.A.
Mugs are a practical gift that can be used every day. These coffee mugs feature full designs that surround the surface. If you click on any image, you’ll be able to see the design from different views. There are many other sizes, styles, and colors to choose from. Stick with these styles, or customize to create the perfect mug gift.
Looking for cheap santoor gifts? Buttons are an inexpensive yet fun gift for music lovers to wear. These standard size square buttons measure 2 inches by 2 inches. Designs are printed on 100% recycled paper and covered with scratch and UV-resistant Mylar. On some styles you can even change the background color for a customized button gift.
One of the most popular santoor gifts is a set of playing cards. Each comes packaged in a cardboard box for easy gifting. Poker size cards measure 2.5 by 3.5 inches, with 52 playing cards and 2 jokers per deck. Click on any design to see the available options. Standard cards are printed on smooth card stock, and premium quality Bicycle playing cards are printed on durable semi-gloss card stock.
The santoor is an ancient stringed instrument, a hammered dulcimer with origins in Mesopotamia. The Persian santur is played with a pair of lightweight wooden mallets that are held between the thumb, index, and middle fingers. The instrument is delicate and sensitive and produces an exotic sound.
Similar string instruments have been present since medieval times. The Indian santoor is wider and more rectangular with a higher number of strings. The mallets, or hammers, are held and played with a different technique.
The Chinese yangqin and the Greek santouri also derived from the Persian santur. The cimbalom, a larger Eastern European version of the santur, is used as an accompanying instrument in gypsy music. In many countries including the United States, the instrument is called a hammered dulcimer.
More Santoor Facts
A person who performs on this string instrument is called a santoorist.
Notable santoorists include Tarun Bhattacharya, Rijram Desad, Aryan Ezoji, Hossein Farjami, Varada Khadilkar, Parviz Meshkatian, Abhay Sopori, Bhajan Sopori, Rahul Sharma, Shivkumar Sharma, R. Visweswaran, and Satish Vyas.
Iranian musician and composer Parviz Meshkatian studied at the Tehran Academy of Arts, where he was introduced to radif, the Persian classical music repertoire. He produced some of the most beautiful recordings of contemporary Persian traditional music, collaborating with Mohammad-Reza Shajarian, a highly respected master of traditional Persian music. Meshkatian toured Europe and Asia, performing on the santur (santoor) and the setar (a member of the lute family). An avid researcher, Meshkatian went on to teach music at Tehran University.
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