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CONSTRUCTION OF THE BANSURI AND PLAYING TECHNIQUE
The majority of Bansuris are made of an untreated piece
of bamboo cane around which strings are tightly wrapped
in several places. This is to prevent the bamboo cane
from cracking. The Bansuri has a mouthpiece that is played
in a similar way as the western transverse flute and either
6 or 7 finger-holes. These have to be precisely covered
either fully or half by the phalanxes of the fingers and
not by the fingertips. This technique also simplifies
the playing of longer Bansuris. By fluent movements of
the fingers the typical sliding transitions between notes,
so typical of Indian music, are achieved. The basic note
given by us describes the Indian note "Sa" which
is obtained by closing the first three finger-holes and
then blowing the Bansuri. If you have experience in playing
a transverse flute, this will be advantagous for learning
how to play the Bansuri.
OF THE BANSURI
Up to the 20th century the Bansuri was regarded as a purely
folkloristic instrument. Great Bansuri maestros such as
mainly Pannalal and Hariprasad Chaurasia, further developped
the playing technique of the Bansuri in such a way that
the status as a classical instrument was achieved. Thanks
to Hariprasad Charasia the repertoire of the instrument
was extended by elements from the style of the plucked
stringed instruments and by elements from the Dhrupad-Alap.
Pannalal Ghosh, on the other hand, adapted the Khyal singing
style and thus enriched the repertoire. As solo instruments
mostly the longer Bansuris are in use whose basic note
usually is D - E.
DIFFERENT QUALITIES OF BANSURIS
The main features of a goos Bansuri quality are durabiltiy,
the abiltiy to vibrate and precision of the vibration.
The choice of the bamboo in manufacturing is also an important
quality factor. TARANG offer both, plain Bansuris from
India, and also instruments for professional requirements
with precise tuning, every one of which is checked by
an Indian Bansuri maestro regarding quality. The standard
quality of the Indian Bansuris produce a quite beautiful
sound, but their tuning is often not exactly to the western
standard notes. It can happen that they sometimes sound
slightly out of tune. Inspite of this we have a good quality
on offer which is appropriate to the price.
TIPS FOR THE BANSURI
As Bansuris are made out from a natural material it is
recommend to follow some instructions for longevity of
the instrument and obtaining the good quality. It is recommend
to avoid sudden changes in temperature (from very cold
to very warm). Before playing the Bansuri let it stay
and adjust to the new environment. The it is suggested
to oil the inner side of the Bansuri. Please follow the
The oil should be of good quality, any nutoil you can
2. The oil must be such in quantity that it must not be
3. It is very much necessary that the Bansuris must be
dried after oiling
4. If regularly playing then the bansuri should be oiled
first after 1 month, then 2 months and then after 3 months
5. If not regularly playing (say for one year) then one
should oil it regularly after 2 months.
6. For oiling, take a stick,thin (so that it can get inside
the hole easily), about the size bigger than the Bansuri,tie
a piece of cotton at its anterior end and dip it in the
oil. Then with that, oil the Bansuri only from the inside.
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This is made possible by close personal contact to the
suppliers and a strict selection of the instruments that
are included in our range of goods. We do not offer any
instruments which reach the west from unknown sources
via importers and which are often resold by middlemen
without any quality check and setting of the instrument.
The demand from the west is relatively high in India.
The purchase prices are negotiated to the lowest limit
by the western countries, especially for high ordered
quantities. This has effects on the required care and
circumspection in craftsmanship, on the experience and
mentality of the commissioned manufacturer and the use
of parts of the instruments that are often of a poor qualtity.
Irrespective of the qualification of the skill in craftsmanship,
this leads, in some cases, to results that do not deserve
the name instrument. Thus it is easily comprehensible
that it is essential, when bying an Indian instrument,
to know the sources. TARANG only supplies instruments
from indisputable sources. All instruments are delivered
adjusted and ready to be played.
Of course, we understand that somebody who purchases an
instrument is also dependent on accessories and spare
parts. Also in this respect we can satisfy the needs of
our customers. Should an instrument be defective at any
time, we can arrange for appropriate restoration. As a
rule we can deliver any instrument offered on our website
within 1 - 2 weeks. Our international lists of teachers
enable everybody to find information about a teacher in
their proximity. You can expect from us: reasonable prices,
prompt service and straightforward processing of purchase
financial aspect also has to be mentioned. Despite the
high quality we offer, we also do our best to offer you
these instruments at very competitive and reasonable prices.