This book is about the North Indian classical
bamboo flute, or 'bansuri': its history,
development, and current status, from
prehistoric times to the twenty-first century.
It also includes information about the
contributions of the pioneers and maestros
of the bansuri who have made efforts to bring
the instrument back into meanstream North
Indian classical music performance. The
book will be helpful to students and scholars
of the bansuri as well as more broadly’North
Indian Classical Music.
Dr. Santosh Kumar started learning flute under tutelage of flute exponent Pt. Chetan Joshi
in early 1999. The process of learning music is still continue under the guidance of his Gurus
Pt. Chetan Joshi-Renowned Flute Player from Delhi (Disciple of Late Pt. Bholanath Prasanna
and Late Pt. Raghunath Seth), Pt. Devashish Dey—-Renowned Vocalist from Varanasi (Disciple
of Late Pt. Pashupatinath Mishra and Late Pt. Mukund Kalvint) and Dr. Prahalad Nath
(Retired Professor of Banaras Hindu University) Dr. Kumar is Excelling his musical carrier as
a Performer of Indian classical music (Flute).
Dr. Santosh Kumar has performed many places in country as Solo and support artist. Some
of the significant performance are~-Yuva Sangeet Mahotsav by Sangeet Natak Akademy New
Delhi, at Silliguri (2008), ITC SRA & Kalaprakash, Baithak, at Varanasi (2014), Taa} Mahotsav,
Agra (2013), Lamhi Mahotsav, by Govt. of U.P. Varanasi (2012), Jharkhand Day, at Delhi
(2005), and many programs organized by Govt. of Jharkhand (Such as Jharkhand Foundation
Day (2004) Sangeetanjali (2004), Sangeet Nritya Sandhya (2004), World Music Day (2003)
etc.). For his excellent efforts in the field of Indian Classical music, he has been presented with
the "Oogtaa Sooraj Samman" by Trisaptika at Bokaro, Jharkhand.
After completing masters from BHU, he qualified Common Research Entrance Test of
BHU and got registered for Ph.D. from Banaras Hindu University in 2010 under Dr. Swarna
Khuntia and completed Ph.D. in the year 2016. He qualified NET and awarded (JRF) Junior
Research Fellowship of UGC in December 2010 followed by (SRF) Senior Research Fellowship
of UGC in 2013.
Dr. Santosh Kumar is equally a good academician and working as Assistant Professor of
Music (Flute) in Central University at Sikkim since 2014. Beside these Dr. Santosh is engaged in
writing research articles and published more than a dozen of articles for musical, social and UGC
listed research journals. He presented research papers in many National and international seminars
and also fascinating himself in editing and writing books on music.
I started learning the music in a traditional style with the Bamboo
flute after my senior secondary. Before this I was not attentive about
the music learning system or the Guru Shishya style of education.
There was no question about the academic education of music or for
the instrumental flute in my mind that had struck for any moment.
But the love with the music especially flute was there since my
childhood. I used to play folk songs and Bollywood numbers (with
similar notes not accurate). It was my only passion after studies. I
graduated in Science (Botany Honors) and did technical courses in
IT (Computer Science) along with Sangeet Prabhakar from Prayag
Sangeet Samiti, Allahabad under the guidance of my 'Guru' Pandit
Chetan Joshi with whose blessings I was exposed into the world of
Indian Classical Music. The theory of the music and the story of
Bamboo flute become my one of the greatest interest. I got opportunity
to pursue my Masters in Instrumental music under the able guidance
of Dr. Prahalad Nath—at Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi. Here
In Varanasi, I got accepted as disciple by Pandit Devashish Dey. He
has not only taught me the music, but also encouraged me towards
the path of a researcher and academician of music.
After completing the Masters from BHU I cleared RET
(Research Entrance Test) of the same Institution in the year 2010
and decided to work on the great interest of mine—"knowledge
about the flute and its incarnation in the Contemporary North Indian
style of music". The same year I qualified NET-JRF that helped me
to pursue the research well. Here I got the acknowledgeable
supervision of Dr. Swarna Khuntia who accepted me as his scholar
and guided to work on the Bamboo flute and its development. In
the year 2014 after jaining the Department of Music in Sikkim
University as Assistant Professor was a great turning point in my
life. This turning point has also helped me to collect the information
and knowledge about the Bansuri and its development through
As the topic is about "The Bamboo Flute" an instrument that is
most popular since the very beginning of the civilization but in the
contemporary style of North Indian classical music it got popularized
very lately as compare to others Instruments. Working on the topic
was not very easy because of scarcity of Literatures that gives a full
account of the topic. During last hundred years there were only few
books and researches that meets the information of the related topic
but not specific. Choosing the above topic had a great academic
requirement for the intellectuals of music, students of music and
specially the flute learners to get the history of the flute throughout
the ages with the current status and the circumstances that made it
to introduce in the North Indian classical music in 20th century.
To study on the topic I had used the methodology of Documentary
Analysis, Monumental Analysis, Interviews, Discographies with
Audios/Videos Recordings and all possible media relevant to gather
information about historical, archeological, political, social,
technological, economic and musical circumstances associated with
the music and musical instruments respectively in special context to
North Indian Classical flute i.e. Bamboo Flute.
In this book I have written the content from my own research
on the Bansuri. The facts and figures are compiled according to the
data collected from different sources that includes the documents,
records and interviews. Before my research on the said topic of my
Ph.D. I never found any book that comprise a complete knowledge
of the subject. While working on my Ph.D. I found different opimion
about many of the facts from different scholars, but at the end I
have concluded with the most common and acceptable view of the
scholars. Here I also want to mention that there are many facts which
are still to discover that have not been collected in this book due to
time constraints. This book is written with the objective to transfer
knowledge about the Bansuri to the young scholars who are willing
to work on the Bamboo flute and I am sure this book will help them
Since the Book is about the North Indian classical music, so
most of the words used are of Hindi and Sanskrit, but I have used
Roman script in writing.
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