An introduction on Indian Wood wind Bansuri or Flute

The name Bansuri has its roots in the word banse that means bamboo. Originally used as a folk instrument and to accompany dance (sometimes semi-religious) the Bansuri has only recently in this century been used in classical Indian music where it its accompanied by Tablas (Indian hand drums) and the Tambor which provides a tonal drone.

Bansuri is being played in India over the twenty thousand years. Bansuri or Flute is the first melodic instrument. Documents like cave art or scriptures, sculptures says that bone Flute is the first instrument of human being playing over the 40000 years. So with all its mythological aspects like it is the instrument of Krisna Flute or Bansuri is till playing in India in same manor. And the mysterious thing is that Flute is as simple as it before. Maybe few note-wholes are added later but Flute is the simplest instrument and in modern music beside modern musical instruments like keyboard, guitar; Flute or Bansuri has a major role on its own tonal quality.

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Techniques of Bansuri playing :


Flute or Bansuri is the most romantic instrument of the world, as a same time Bansuri is the best friend when you need a company. Bansuri playing is not a tough job. As we know village boys play this instrument as good as a master. Every instrument has his own character, knowing these characteristics are first step.



Generally Bansuri or Flute is Cylindrical tube of cane or bamboo. It has one mouth whole for blowing 6 or 7 note-wholes for notes. Each note whole produce a particular note. And half opened whole produce half or sharp note.



If first three wholes from mouth whole closed then it produced Sa (Sadaj) or C

If first two wholes from mouth whole closed then it produced Re (Risav) or D

If first one wholes from mouth whole closed then it produced Ga (Gandhar) or E

If all wholes are open then it produced Tivra Ma (Madhyam) or F# (sharp)

If all wholes are closed then it produced Pa (Pancham) or G

If first only last whole from mouth whole open then it produced Dha (Dhaibat) or A

If first four wholes closed from mouth whole then it produced Ni (Nishad) or B



Your left hand should be nearest down the flute and right hand should be further down the flute. Use your firstFind Article, middle and ring finger to close or open the six wholes.


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