ShalinIndia Indian Music Instrument Bamboo Flute Bansuri Fipple Type
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- Made with single piece of bamboo
- North Indian fipple flute
- Six finger holes
- Length - 17 inches
- Crafted by music instrument artisans of Bareilli in north India
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The bansuri is 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, and is depicted in Buddhist paintings from around 100 AD. Bansuris range in size from less than 12" to nearly 40". 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 sound of a bansuri is generated from resonance of the air column inside it. The length of this column is varied by closing or leaving open, a varying number of holes. Half-holing is employed to play flat or minor notes. The size of a Bansuri affects its pitch. Longer bansuris with a larger bore have a lower pitch and the slimmer and shorter ones sound higher. In order to play the diatonic scale on a bansuri, one needs to find where the notes lie. For example, in a bansuri where Sa or the tonic is always played by closing the first three holes, is equivalent to D, one can play sheet music by creating a finger notation that corresponds to different notes.
NB: This is a folk music instrument and is handcrafted by the artisans of village India. The folk music instruments are usually meant for sale in the rural local markets. The artisans use very simple and age old tools to make folk music instruments. Almost all folk music instruments therefore lack the finesse that we often see in classical instruments.
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The Indian Flute
Music dates back in human history all the way to the time human beings began to communicate, and rests among the very building blocks of human community and society. The Indian Flute, or Bansuri, is deeply entrenched in Indian culture, seen in the hands of famous figures such as the Lord Krishna, the avatar of the God of Creation, Vishnu. Mastering the art is no easy task, but for those who feel they have, we have made available handcrafted, tradition bamboo flutes made by artisans who honour the ancient techniques used to create these instruments.
The fipple style flute, wherein one blows into it like one would with a whistle, is the easier of the two to play. Handcrafted using the finest bamboo, the sound created is warm, unlike the shrill shrieks of an incorrectly crafted Bansuri. This instrument is very similar to the Western, plastic-made, Recorder.
The transverse style flute, which could be said to have influenced the metallic Western Orchestra Flute as we have it today, provides much greater flexibility and control with regard to tone and pitch. Both flutes come with a string (colour may differ) wrapped in a simplistic manner around the flutes at six different places; so as to not deviate from the pure feeling that the bamboo Bansuri provides.
Handcrafted by artisans well-versed with the ancient instruments, the flutes do not compromise structurally for the sake of aesthetics, and provide a professional sound.
Sturdy and durable in nature, these flutes generate beautiful, warm sounds in the hands of a professional; given that these flutes were designed for the hands of a seasoned master. A great upgrade to make if one has been learning, the flutes also make for a great gift to anyone you may know who’s mastered the ancient art of the Bansuri.
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