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Flowing with the flute

How could a simple piece of bamboo produce such haunting melodies?



Flautist Palladam Sanjeeva Rao.

The flute is probably the simplest yet the most enchanting of instruments. Found across the world in various materials, it is usually made from bamboo in India. In Hindi it's known as baansuri, for the word baans means bamboo. The person credited with introducing the flute to Carnatic music was Sarabha Sastri. Blinded in childhood, Sarabha Sastri learnt to play the flute and experimented with it till he was able to play the different ragas. His disciple Palladam Sanjeeva Rao became a popular concert flautist. Later Mahalingam, popularly known as Mali, introduced changes in the style.

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