Updated: Mar 14
Dhrupad Curved Flute was invented By Guru Sameer Inamdar, (who is a renowned dhrupad flautist ) in 2018, after years of research . Last year he started first batch of Dhrupad Curved flute along with other regular batches of normal flute learning.
On his students insistence, Dhrupad Gurukul is starting with more batches on Dhrupad Curved Flute Available to both offline flute learning and online flute learning .
Many Students had Certain queries regarding Dhrupad Curved Flute, through this article will try to clear those doubts.
Why to use Dhrupad Curved Flute?
Its the only flute ,which is most suitable for dhrupad oriented music. This flute allows to play all the characteristics that human voice is capable (which usually used in Dhrupad Vocalist)
So ,in short it not only capable of producing the versatile sound but it is capable of producing different dynamics of sound first time ever on the flute.
How Dhrupad Curved Flute is different from Normal Flute?
Dhrupad Curved Flute is a 10-Fingeres flute, where all the 10fingers are used to play the flute without using any extra key or external mechanisms giving total control to the fingers which helps in playing different shades of a single swar.
Being a U- shaped Flute, it is easier to Maintain the continuity of swars and play meend more fluently. With this flute, you can easily play 3 octaves, giving more possibilities while playing different ragas.
Dhrupad Curved Flute was specifically designed considering the intricacies of Dhrupad Music but it also give flexibility of playing all kind of music and ragas . Moreover Dhrupad Curved Flute allows all the 3 octaves along with all the shuddha and komal (Half open notes) by using all the 10 fingers. So this gives the more versatility to this flute in any genre.
Who Can learn the Dhrupad Curved Flute?
Anyone can learn Dhrupad Curved Flute but the student should have patience and proper dedication.
Is it hard to play the Curved Flute ?
With proper guidance ,this takes around 4-5 years to master the curved flute.
How many notes can this bansuri play ?
With Dhrupad Curved Flute you can easily achieve 3 octaves.
Which is better flute or bansuri - Normal or Curved Flute?
Dhrupad Curved Flute is a complete and more Versatile Flute as compare to Normal Flute, like while playing "ma" and "pa" or " Ga -Pa" , "Re Pa" , "sa Sa" etc on normal flute we don't get proper Meend but it is easier to maintain continuity of swars, because of its U- shape and by using all 10 fingers switching between 2 swars is very smooth.
No extra key or External mechanism is used on Curved Flute, so it is easier to control Different shades of same swars used in different Ragas.
Usually, only few ragas are performed on bansuri like Bhoopali, hansdhwani.. etc but on Dhrupad Curved Flute you can easily play ragas with more esthetically and precisely (Like adhbood Kalyan , kamboji , Purvi, Darbari etc ,which are very rarely played on bansuri as this flute gives the flexibility of going upto 3 octaves and better control on transition of Swars.
How long does it take to learn the curved flute?
Learning Dhrupad Curved flute, like any other art forms take time and patience.
Is this lord Krisna's flute?
In some Classical Texts, there is mention of one of Krishna's Flute named Mahananda, which is like a fish hook. Inspiration of Dhrupad Curved flute is taken from that.
Who gave bansuri to Krishna?
Lord Shiva gave bansuri To Krishna.
What are the health benefits of playing this Bansuri?
There are numerous health benefits of flute playing .
Is this the hardest musical instrument to learn?
No, but it looks like the Hardest Musical instrument, as we are not used to playing with 10 fingers. But once you get a hang of using all 10 fingers, it is the most friendly musical instrument.
How many hours a day should I practice flute?
Disciplined and regular practice is more important to learn any art form, rather than practicing for N number of hours.
Is playing flute good for lungs?
Yes, Many of our students who are asthmatic have experienced improvement in their health after they started playing bansuri.
Yes, on the contrary Dhrupad Curved flute is easier for beginners as they are starting from zero in comparison to the students who are used to playing normal flute as they have to go through the process of unlearning and starting again from the basics of how to hold a flute, fingering techniques etc.