Belonging to the woodwind family, a tubular shaped instrument, that is played by blowing across a specially-shaped opening (known as the embouchure) in such a way as to produce a vibrating column of air whose pulsations we hear as sound.
In the Indian Subcontinent, it is known as Bansuri. The word bansuri originates in the bans (बाँस) (bamboo)+ sur (सुर) (melody).
A phonetically similar name for the same instrument, in early medieval texts, is the Sanskrit word vaṃśi which is derived from root vaṃśa (Sanskrit: वंश) meaning bamboo. A flute player in these medieval texts is called vamsika.
Flutes are the earliest known identifiable musical instruments. The oldest flute ever discovered dates back to at least 35,000 years ago. Know more with our Online Flute Classes.
The bamboo flute is an important instrument in Indian classical music, and developed independently of the Western flute. Two main varieties of Indian flutes are currently used. The first, the Bansuri (बांसुरी), has six finger holes and one embouchure hole, and is used predominantly in the Hindustani music of Northern India. The second, the Venu or Pullanguzhal, has eight finger holes, and is played predominantly in the Carnatic music of Southern India.
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Ravinder Rajput was introduced to music at a young age. He learnt to play the flute at New Delhi’s Gandharva Mahavidyalaya under the tutelage of eminent flautist and teacher Guru Kailash Sharma. He has performed in India and abroad at several prestigious platforms. River Festival of Maheshwar, Ahilya Bai Fort, Madhya Pradesh, The National Youth Festival, Guwahati; Yuva Kala Academy, Goa; Music Academy, Chennai and Vienna, Austria… just to name a few. He has also accompanied many renowned artists at music and dance performances. Ravinder is an accomplished tabla artist and percussionist too. While continuing his advanced training under his guru, Ravinder was also an ex-teacher at the Gandharva Mahavidyalaya.