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. Essentially a folk instrument, it is now considered a fully-fledged classical instrument in its own right, owing mainly to maestros such as Pannalal Ghosh and Hariprasad Chaurasia. The bansuri is deeply entrenched in the pastoral tradition of the cowherds of North India, most importantly as the instrument of Lord Krishna, a Hindu mythological deity, who is always depicted playing the flute.

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Clive Bell

"I was introduced to a wave of Indian sounds during the seventies which was when I found the Indian flute - and that’s when my lifelong passion began ... It’s the most perfect instrument."

Clive Bell began studying Indian music and the Bansuri (bamboo flute) in 1974 and he continued studying all through the 1970s in London as well as in India with numerous teachers including the flute maestro Raghunath Seth in Mumbai. Since his return from India in the early 1980s, he has continued his pursuit of the Bansuri through solo concerts in the UK and USA, and also as an accompanist being involved in film, theatre, and music fusion work.

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