The ektara—a one-stringed musical instrument—holds historical significance in the traditional music of South Asia. Originating as a regular string instrument for wandering bards, the ektara features a bamboo neck through a gourd resonator, plucked with one finger. Its use extends to accompany singing and prayers, particularly among Yogis and holy men. Different forms have emerged, including a lute-like version and a drum-like body with a skin soundboard. The ektara is pivotal in Baul music, kirtan chanting, and Sufi practices, and has been depicted in religious art for centuries.