A Venu for you

What is it?

The venu is an Indian instrument considered 1 of the 3 original music instruments. 

A person that plays the venu it’s just called a venu player.     

Here’s how it looks and sounds

Not to be confused with

You may hear about it with other names like Carnatic flute (means traditional flute). Pronounced vēṇu, from the Indian meaning bamboo flute and called flauta carnática in Spanish.        


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


There’s only one type of venu, the 6 holes keyless venu, but modern versions with any key and 8 holes exist. There are also some similar instruments, the murali (4 holes) and the vamsika (8 holes).

In terms of materials, the only option is wood (bamboo) mainly for tradition. The material has no effect on the sound (our article here) but it does in price and durability.

Before you buy 

Getting a venu for sale? as a gift? If you do, here’s all you need to know.

The price of the instrument is around $40 – $80  USD, the cheapest we found was a 40cm F bansuri and the most expensive was a G# 66cm 8 hole bansuri.

In the middle we have something like 54cm B bansuri for $64 USD, you can search on amazon here or eBay here.

In terms of brands, there’s almost none, most will be “professional handmade” and very rare, just make the seller have a guarantee and shipping to your country, good reviews and if they don’t you can get them other ways

The size goes from 12 In (30 Cm) to 30 In (75 Cm) long and has a weight from 1 Oz (28 g) to 2 Oz (56 g).

Now that you know, you can check on Ebay here.


There are a lot of accessories, but you don’t really need much, a case or a bag, a cleaning brush and a stand (you can get a stand for other flutes and use it for this one). 

How to learn the venu   

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).

The tips & tricks are all the details that combined make a big difference.

They way you hold it, efficient warmups, positions and techniques.     

You can search for music sheets in places like Musescore, but for its rarity, you may only find one at a time (example 1, example 2). 

Remember, the venu is easy to learn and fast once you understand how a keyless instrument works, it’s also similar to the bansuri and shakuhachi, so you can combine those resources to help you learn, we hope this helps, we’ll keep working on this article.

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