The bansuri is a bamboo flute that ranges in size from 12 to 40 inches in length. It is an ancient instrument with roots in Indian and Nepali folk music. The bansuri is associated with Hindu stories of Krishna and Radha, and also appears in Buddhist paintings as far back as 100 CE. There are ancient legends of the bansuri having a spellbinding effect not only on people who hear its sound, but also on all living creatures.
Bansuri literally means “bamboo musical note” from the Sanskrit “bans” (bamboo) and “swar” (musical note). Bansuri is very simple in its appearance, yet producing musical sound from the hollow tube is very intricate and takes years of dedication and persistence to achieve.