Bansuri is a flute of India made from a single hollow shaft of bamboo with six or seven finger holes. An ancient musical instrument associated with cowherds and the pastoral tradition, it is intimately linked to the love story of Krishna and Radha. There are two varieties of bansuri: transverse, and fipple. The fipple flute is usually played in folk music and is held at the lips like a whistle. Because it enables superior control, variations and embellishments, the transverse variety is preferred in Indian classical music. The index, middle, and ring fingers of both hands are usually used to finger the six-hole bansuri. As with other air-reed wind instruments, the sound of a bansuri is generated from resonance of the air column inside it. Bansuri construction is a complex art. The bamboo suitable for making a bansuri needs to possess several qualities. It must be thin walled and straight with a uniform circular cross section and long internodes. Being a natural material, it is difficult to find bamboo shafts with all these characteristics, which in turn makes good bansuris rare and expensive. Suitable species of bamboo (such as Pseudostachyum) with these traits are endemic to the forests of Assam and Kerala.
Set of 2 bamboo flutes (thread colour may vary)
1 in transverse, and 1 in fipple styles
Meant for Amateurs
Length 19 to 20 inches
Handcrafted in India