Taus is a classical bow and string instrument belonging to the Sikhs. It forms an important part of the music accompanying the devotional songs of the Sikhs. The Sikh saint Guru Gobind Singh is credited with having developed this instrument.
Taus is a Persian word meaning ‘peacock’. This instrument, derived from the Sitar, is often referred to as the ‘peacock sitar’ since its body is shaped like a peacock. The neck of this instrument contains a carving of the bird’s head. The wooden stand is shaped like the feet of the bird. The tail portion contains a sound hole. This instrument is played with a bow.