Sarod is a popular stringed instrument, the body is carved from a single piece of well seasoned teakwood and the belly covered with goat skin. There are four main strings, six rhythm and drone strings and fifteen sympathetic strings, all made of metal. This are played by striking with a plectrum made of coconut shell and has no frets. Sarod has been found in carvings of the first century in Champa temple and also in paintings in the Ajanta caves. It has some similarity with the Rabab.