What is it?
The bansuri is an ancient instrument of unknown origin, most likely candidates being India, Egypt, and Greece because of the many different types of flutes discovered in those regions.
Not to be confused with
You may hear about it with other names like nadi, venugopal & tunava. Pronounced b-ah-n-s-uu-r-ee, from the Hindi meaning “bamboo melody”. A person that plays it it’s called a flutist, bansuri player, or just flute player.
The instrument is from the Wind family meaning the sound comes by blowing air in a mouthpiece into a tube(resonator).
The types of bansuri are flipple and transverse (most common), flipple used in folk, transverse used in classical music.
In terms of materials, the option is bamboo (green, yellow & black). It doesn’t affect the sound (our article here) but it does in price and durability.
Before you buy
Getting a bansuri for sale? as a gift? If you do, here’s all you need to know.
The price of the instrument is around $5 – $200 USD, the cheapest I found was a handmade 6 hole bamboo flute and the most expensive was a Professional 38in 7 holes bansuri.
In the middle, we have something like the handmade by a “national award-winning artist” bansuri for $95 USD.
The size goes around 12 x 1 x 1 In (30 x 2.5 x 2.5 Cm) – 30 x 1 x 1 In (76 x 2.5 x 2.5 Cm) and has a weight from 0.25 Lbs (0.11 Kgs) to 0.75 Lbs (0.34 Kgs).
Now that you know, you can check on Ebay here.
There are a lot of accessories but the bansuri doesn’t need any of them, it’s more of an option, for example, if you want a Fingering Rubber Stamp to help you learn songs faster, you can do it, but you can do well without it too.
How to learn the bansuri
We recommend learning to read sheet music, play notes and learn the tricks of playing songs.
For learning to read sheets we try a lot of resources to help you choose.
The tips & tricks are all the details that combined make a big difference.
They way you hold it, efficient warmups, positions and techniques.
Here are some book and courses:
- Easy Flute School: free youtube playlist for everything bansuri.
- Course level 1: paid Udemy course for beginners.
- Handbook of Bansuri: free book with signup.
- My Bansuri 1: paid book of histories and poems.
Remember, the bansuri is not hard to learn but it takes time (people seem to agree in 3 years), it’s also similar to the dizi, shakuhachi, and xiao in shape and playstyle so you can combine those resources to help you learn, we hope this helps, we’ll keep working on this article.