The Shuddh Madhyam (8-hole Bansuri) is almost identical to my 7-hole except that it is a bit longer and has an additional 8th hole at the bottom. The speciality of this Bansuri is that
- it allows you to go down by a 1/2 note lower than the 7-hole Bansuri : that is to mean that you can go down to Shuddh Madhyam (ma) in the lowest octave.
- the second octave and higher notes are reached with slighly easier blowing.
- hitherto impossible meend (glide) between 'ma' and 'Pa' is achievable
Notice the 7th and the 8th hole in this partial view of a 8-hole E bass Bansuri
This Bansuri has 6 tone holes to be played with fingers, 7th hole with pinkie (in flutes up to A bass) or knee ( in case of larger flutes) and the 8th hole is operated with knee.
Even though this flute is a little longer in size, it does not demand any additional stretch on the fingers as the extra length adds up below the 6th fingerhole.
This bansuri has been a relatively recent introduction into my repertoire of flutes and it has been very well received. You can order any of my bansuri's in this style. There is an nominal additional charge of $15-$25 depending upon the size of the flute. If you would like to have you next bansuri in this exciting configuration please email me at
after or before ordering through the catalog page.