A Bansuri for you


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. 

Here’s how it looks and sounds

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.

Category

The instrument is from the Wind family meaning the sound comes by blowing air in a mouthpiece into a tube(resonator). 

Variants

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.

For brands there’s not a lot, mostly handmade instruments made in India, just make sure they have a guarantee and shipping to your country, good reviews, there are also other options

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.

Accessories

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.

To learn to play all notes you need a finger chart (also known as position chart) and you can search for music sheets in places like musicaneo & free-scores

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:

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.

Luis Gerardo

Musician as a hobby for +6 years, documenting every instrument in simple words for this website.

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