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Category Instruments 11 May 2019

The Bansuri: the humble bamboo reed of cowherds

The bansuri or bamboo flute is an ancient wind instrument made of a single hollow shaft of bamboo with six or seven finger holes. Its name originates from the Sanskrit for wood, bans and the word for musical note(s), sur and is a generic term for any flute made of wood, although some are now also made of metal. Ancient Indian folklore tells of how the bamboo seemed to ‘sing’ by itself, after insects bore holes into the wood, ...

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