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Bansuri Flutes

The Bansuri Flute (bans [bamboo] + swar [musical note]) is a transverse alto flute made of a single length of bamboo and has six or seven open finger holes. An ancient musical instrument associated with cowherds and the pastoral tradition, the flute is linked to the love story of Krishna and Radha, and is depicted in Buddhist paintings from around 100 AD. The flute may be seen in many sacred pictures of Lord Krishna and Saraswati, goddess of music. The Bansuri flute is one of the three original forms of rendering Indian Classical music according to ancient scriptures - Vaani (Vocal), Veena (String) and Venu (Flute). Associated with Krishna's Rasa lila; the tunes on his flute are poetically associated with driving the women of Braj mad.

Although they are a simple piece of bamboo or reed, they produce quite a beautiful sound. The transverse blown, embouchure, gives the flexibility and control necessary for classical music. The traditional North Indian Bansuri Flute, associated with Hindustani music, had six holes. In recent years a seventh hole has been adopted to add flexibility and a more accurate pitch when overblown to produce the higher octaves.

The introduction of the flute in modern Indian Classical concerts has been rather recent however, and the late Pandit Pannalal Ghosh has been widely recognized for this achievement. Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia further enhanced the bansuri playing style, with his innovative fingering and blowing techniques and took bansuri music to yet higher level. One of today's best-know bansuri flute masters is John Wubbenhorst.

The Bansuri has a mouthpiece that is played in a similar way as the western transverse flute. It is made from a single piece of bamboo with seven holes. The pitch indicated for the bansuri means the flute will play that pitch with the first 3 holes covered. The dominate hand plays the lower three holes. The seventh hole is optional and rarely played. Its main purpose is to give greater accuracy in the upper octaves. It may be played on the rare occasion when you need to play the Ni in the lower octave.

These Bansuri Flutes have a mouthpiece that is played in a similar way as the western transverse flute. They are made from a single piece of bamboo with seven holes. Becoming a perfect flute maker takes a long time. One must know the materials as well as the craft; and one must have patience. Each flute requires years of preparation and then concentrated attention to details. The professional Bansuri flutes are made from only one type of bamboo, called cinchor. This bamboo only grows in the interior forests of Assam. Only straight Bamboo of 3 to 4 years old and of the proper diameter can be used. The cut bamboo is then treated, dried and stored for years until it is properly seasoned. The longer it is seasoned the better the flute. The correct notes are achieved by piercing the seasoned bamboo with hot iron rods in precise positions along the length of the flute. After testing each note for correct pitch, the flute is polished for up to eight hours.

Portions of this article are licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Bansuri".

The professional Bansuri flutes are made from only one type of bamboo, called cinchor. This bamboo only grows in the interior forests of Assam. Only straight Bamboo of 3 to 4 years old and of the proper diameter can be used. The cut bamboo is then treated, dried and stored for years until it is properly seasoned. The longer it is seasoned the better the flute. The correct notes are achieved by piercing the seasoned bamboo with hot iron rods in precise positions along the length.

Please be advised that the longer the flute, the wider the required finger span. If you have smaller hands, you may be unable to reach all of the finger holes. The following measurements are in inches, and can vary slightly (LH = Left Hand, RH = center Hand).

Model # Length LH 1st-3rd Fingers RH 1st-3rd Fingers
FLPA 22.75” 3.00" 2.50"
FLPAS 22.75” 3.00" 2.50"
FLPC 36.50” 4.25" 4.25"
FLPCS 36.50” 4.25" 4.25"
FLPD 32.25” 4.00" 4.00"
FLPDS 32.25” 4.00" 4.00"
FLPE 29.50” 3.75" 3.65"
FLPF 24.75” 3.25" 3.00"
FLPG 28.50” 3.50" 3.25"

IMPORTANT NOTICE! Health and sanitary regulations prohibit the exchange or return for credit of any mouth blown instrument.

NOTE: Because of shipping problems in the past, we no long ship Bansuri Flutes outside the United States.

Banjira Bansuri, Deluxe Flute in A, 22.75-Inch ( FLPA-D ) Banjira Bansuri, Deluxe Flute in A, 22.75-Inch
Deluxe Bansuri flute in A, approximately 22.75 inches in length. has a mouthpiece that is played in a similar way as the western transverse flute. It is made from a single piece of bamboo with seven holes. The pitch indicated for the bansuri means the flute will play that pitch with the first 3 holes covered. Made in India. (Out of Stock)
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$48.00
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Banjira Bansuri, Deluxe Flute in E, 29.5-Inch ( FLPE-D ) Banjira Bansuri, Deluxe Flute in E, 29.5-Inch
Deluxe Bansuri flute in E, approximately 29.5 inches in length. Has a mouthpiece that is played in a similar way as the western transverse flute. It is made from a single piece of bamboo with seven holes. The pitch indicated for the bansuri means the flute will play that pitch with the first 3 holes covered. Made in India. (Out of Stock)
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$106.00
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Banjira Bansuri, Deluxe Flute in F, 28.5-Inch ( FLPF-D ) Banjira Bansuri, Deluxe Flute in F, 28.5-Inch
Deluxe Bansuri flute in F, approximately 28.5 inches in length. The Bansuri has a mouthpiece that is played in a similar way as the western transverse flute. It is made from a single piece of bamboo with seven holes. The pitch indicated for the bansuri means the flute will play that pitch with the first 3 holes covered. Made in India.
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$80.00
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Banjira Bansuri, Deluxe Flute in G, 24.75-Inch ( FLPG-D ) Bansuri, Deluxe Flute in G, 25.5"
Deluxe Bansuri flute in G, approximately 24.75 inches in length. The Bansuri has a mouthpiece that is played in a similar way as the western transverse flute. It is made from a single piece of bamboo with seven holes. The pitch indicated for the bansuri means the flute will play that pitch with the first 3 holes covered. Made in India.
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$64.00
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Banjira Bansuri, Pro. Flute in C-Sharp, 34.5-Inch ( FLPCS ) Banjira Bansuri, Pro. Flute in C-Sharp, 34.5-Inch
Bansuri flute in C-Sharp, approximately 34.25-34.5 inches in length (87-88 cm). Has a mouthpiece that is played in a similar way as the western transverse flute. It is made from a single piece of bamboo with seven holes. The pitch indicated for the bansuri means the flute will play that pitch with the first 3 holes covered. Made in India.
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$79.00
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Banjira Bansuri, Professional Flute in A, 22.75-Inch ( FLPA ) Banjira Bansuri, Professional Flute in A, 22.75-Inch
Bansuri flute in A, approximately 22 inches in length. The Bansuri has a mouthpiece that is played in a similar way as the western transverse flute. It is made from a single piece of bamboo with seven holes. The pitch indicated for the bansuri means the flute will play that pitch with the first 3 holes covered. Made in India.
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$28.70
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Banjira Bansuri, Flute in C, 36.5-Inch ( FLPC ) Banjira Bansuri, Flute in C, 36.5-Inch
Bansuri flute in C, approximately 36.5 inches in length. It has a mouthpiece that is played in a similar way as the western transverse flute. It is made from a single piece of bamboo with seven holes. The pitch indicated for the bansuri means the flute will play that pitch with the first 3 holes covered. Made in India.
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$79.90
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Bansuri Flute in D, 32.25" ( FLPD ) Bansuri Flute in D, 32.25"
Bansuri flute in D, approximately 32.25 inches in length It has a mouthpiece that is played in a similar way as the western transverse flute. It is made from a single piece of bamboo with seven holes. There may be some curvature in these flutes, however it will not affect the sound quality. The pitch indicated for the bansuri means the flute will play that pitch with the first 3 holes covered. Made in India. (Out of Stock)
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$95.00
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Banjira Bansuri, Flute in E, 29.5-Inch ( FLPE ) Banjira Bansuri, Flute in E, 29.5-Inch
Bansuri flute in E, approximately 29.5 inches in length. It has a mouthpiece that is played in a similar way as the western transverse flute. It is made from a single piece of bamboo with seven holes. There may be some curvature in these flutes, however it will not affect the sound quality. The pitch indicated for the bansuri means the flute will play that pitch with the first 3 holes covered. Made in India.
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$89.00
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Banjira Bansuri, Flute in F, 28.5-Inch ( FLPF ) Banjira Bansuri, Flute in F, 28.5-Inch
Bansuri flute in F, approximately 28.5 inches in length. It has a mouthpiece that is played in a similar way as the western transverse flute. It is made from a single piece of bamboo with seven holes. There may be some curvature in these flutes, however it will not affect the sound quality. The pitch indicated for the bansuri means the flute will play that pitch with the first 3 holes covered. Made in India.
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$66.00
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Banjira Bansuri, Flute in G, 24.75-Inch ( FLPG ) Banjira Bansuri, Flute in G, 24.75-Inch
Bansuri flute in G, approximately 24.75 inches in length. It has a mouthpiece that is played in a similar way as the western transverse flute. It is made from a single piece of bamboo with seven holes. There may be some curvature in these flutes, however it will not affect the sound quality. The pitch indicated for the bansuri means the flute will play that pitch with the first 3 holes covered. The dominate hand plays the lower three holes. Made in India.
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$48.00
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