Finger Charts - Reference for Beginners
Finger Charts help beginners understand the placement of the fingers on the holes of the flute corresponding to the swars or notes produced.
An Overview of the Bansuri
Bansuri (Bans means bamboo, suri means swar or notes) has its place in Indian mythology and tradition through time. What makes the Bansuri or the Bamboo Flute stand aside is that it is a plant/ vegetable origin.
This single reed shoot of the bamboo plant creates the beautiful, relaxing sound, when the lips meet it and the breath produces, the reverberations, creating a quiet connection to the inner self.
The meditative, quiet, dedicated, yet serene sound of the Bansuri gives it a special place in our lives.
And yet behind this seemingly simple instrument, there lies the magic of generations of skilled hands of playing and making over the thousand years to give it true expression.
The Bansuri has the deep connection with Lord Krishna and hence a deeply religious and melodic element brought to life with the breathe when blown into it.
A particular kind of Bamboo called Cinchor is used to make Bansuris. These are matured over years and then the Flute Makers carefully, lovingly create the holes by boring into it the bamboo to produce perfect notes.
Flute makers or Bansuri makers have a special place in any Bansuri player’s life.
There are two streams of Indian Music which use the Bansuri.
Hindustani tradition and Carnatic tradition.
Hindustani bansuris are normally 8-holed, 6 / 7 to play and one to blow in. They range from 6 inches to 40 inches and above depending upon the scales of the sounds.
The Carnatic Bansuri or (also called the Venu (the Sanskrit name for bansuri) nowadays is smaller and used wonderfully in the Carnatic tradition.
Both traditions or styles of music are intrinsically beautiful and are built on strong devotional and spiritual foundations.
About Deep Ganguly
From a very young age the Bansuri captured his imagination, and learning from his father initially and then later on from other learned musicians.
A serious teacher of the Bansuri , he teaches this wonderful wind instrument in , in the tradition of the Guru-Shisya Parampara (meaning teacher-disciple tradition) emphasising on dedication, peace, connection of the breath most essential for any wind instrument player to enhance the latent inner qualities of individuals, which is present in all of us.
Deep is associated with a few temples in Toronto where he plays with bhajans, kirtans, at select meditative gatherings. Deep records with fellow musicians, some in the world of Jazz , or fusion , with native Flautists, or any other musician who captures his imagination, and where he feels he can contribute to make the world a better place. Playing for Charitable causes and institutions to raise awareness and resources has a special place in his heart and dedication.
Deep is connected to select Music Therapy Clinics in Toronto where he lends his gift of Bansuri sounds towards Healing through Music. Deep lives in Toronto and is keenly interested in raising awareness of the Bamboo Flute.
If the Bansuri has touched you in any way and you would like to explore it further or want to know more, please do drop in a few lines and we would be delighted to speak with you.
Jai Shri Krishna