Better known as the Bansuri, this wind instrument is hugely associated with Lord Krishna.
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What is Flute?
The word bansuri originates combining the words bans or the bamboo it is made of and sur which means melody in hindi. The smaller version of this is called Venu, a name used often in South India. As with other wind instruments, the sound of a bansuri is generated by the resonance of the air column inside it. When all holes are closed, and one blows through the air hole where the lips are positioned, it produces the note ‘Pa’.
Learning Flute At Sriguruji
The Learning Journey
The Academy provides instruments to new learners for a few classes after which the student is encouraged to invest in the instrument when they are confident enough to pursue it. However in the case of the flute, the student blows into the instrument, so a personal flute is recommended and arranged for each student.
Depending on the age and whether the person is right or left handed, the bansuri is arranged for. Often students start with the front flute which is slightly smaller in size as the air required to be blown is lesser for sound to be created. But if the student can manage, the Academy encourages the students as far as possible to start with the side flute which is bigger in size.
The first main step in learning, is to produce sound by blowing. Techniques are taught for the same. Breathing exercises are also shared for practice to assist the process. Then the grip of the flute is focussed upon. Students train to cover the flute holes with the pads of their fingers. For people with smaller fingers, the tips of the fingers are used instead.
The aim in the initial level is to produce clear sound indicating the 7 different swars in Indian classical music. After students thoroughly adapt to the position of holding and blowing, the focus is on the purity of the notes and their combination patterns.
Students move to the higher levels to produce different octaves or ranges of the Indian notation system as the flute has a range of over 2 octaves. Students are taught to adjust their blowing and finger techniques to produce the same notes in different pitches.
In the senior levels, flautists present various Raags using combinations of notes and use of different pitches to creatively explore various Raags.
Our Flute Gurus
Dipal Mehta is part of the Vrindaban Gurukul of Pandit. Hari Prasad Chaurasia. Having taught flute workshops across India, he also holds a Visharad in Music From Akhil Gujarat Sangit Samiti in Flute. He has accompanied Pt. Hari Prasad Chaurasia in performances, has given solo shows across India and is involved in background scoring for films. He was aware the top flutist of Gujrat in 2014 as part of the Government youth festival.