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Playing Bansuri is like Typing

@Darshan Gupta has asked a question, which I myself used to wonder sometime back. I’m sure there will be many of you with this same or similar query:

“Sir actually m confused that which notes m playing on bansuri.. those are correct or not…For example… if m playing swar dha thn how I get to knw that m correctly producing sound of dha.”


playing bansuri is like typing. with practice, one is able to type correctly even without looking at the keyboard. similarly, when you keep practicing SARGAM on bansuri, your ears will be able to differentiate between correct and incorrect notes. Keep practicing daily even for 10 minutes, play alankars as much as you can. You doubts will soon be gone. Good luck.

6 Responses

  1. hi I’m using a F flute, and I have tried to play Raghupati Raghav but it does not feel correct, must I use another flute ?thanks for replyDev

  2. What a strange coincidence the most celebrated flautist of our times Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia began his career as a typist!

    1. Keep practicing with alankars GMP PMG as much as you can. let others feel bored of it. but you must keep practicing until your fingers become swift on these notes. You should get it in a week or two. Good luck!

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How to read SARGAM notations

  • CAPITAL LETTERS = Shuddh Swars (Pure Notes)
  • small letters = Komal Swars (Flat Notes)
  • A Note with # [hash] = Tivra Swar 
  • Letter/Alphabet ONLY = Medium Pitch/Normal blow on flute
  • Letter/Alphabet PRECEDED BY a ” . ” [full stop] or  a ” , ” [comma] = Low Pitch/Softer blow on flute
  • Letter/Alphabet FOLLOWED BY a ‘ [single quote] = High Pitch/harder blow on flute
  • Notes in { } = “murki” or “khatka” which have to be played very fast without any pause
  • A Note in ( ) = “kann swar” has to be just touched before moving on to the next note
  • A “~” between two Notes = “Meend”. That is, you have to glide from one note to another slowly to produce that wavy effect.
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