The santoor is a of Iranian origin. The term Santur originated with meaning “100 strings Santor, the Iranian quite some attributed it to Abu Nasr Farabi like lute, another Iranian mechanism Brdhshd out later. Some researchers believe that the dulcimer in times gone away from Iran to other Asian countries, as today the same species of Iraq, Turkey, Syria, Egypt, Pakistan, India, Tajikistan, China, Vietnam, Korea, Ukraine and other countries. Asia also played in Greece.
Similar musical instruments have been present since medieval times all over the world, including India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Armenia, Turkey, Iraq and Greece, China etc. The Indian Santoor is wider, more rectangular and has more strings. Its corresponding mallets are also held differently played with a different technique.