The complex harmonics of the drone, the gentle tones of the bansuri flute: it's one of the signature sounds of the classical music of India.
The word bansuri comes from the Sanskrit roots for bamboo and melody: the North Indian instrument is a simple bamboo tube with six or seven finger holes; the pitch varies with the length. According to Indian mythology, the bansuri is associated with Lord Krishna, who is said to have cast a spell on women and animals with his playing.
These days, the bansuri is casting it's quiet spell around the world: the extended notes, vocal inflections and rich ornamentations have a soothing effect on even the most hyperactive among us.
On this transmission of Hearts of Space...an East Indian journey on the sound of breath, on a program called AIRSTREAMS.
Music is by RAJENDRA TEREDESAI, JOHN WUBBENHORST & KEN ANOFF, BENJY WERTHEIMER, STEVE GORN, ANOUSHKA SHANKAR, AL GROMER KHAN and MANEESH DE MOOR.
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