Creation, comes from stillness and Life, truly is tranquility in motion. I have had the pleasure of listening to Ravi Shankar Mishraji on many occasions and have attempted (with varying degrees of limited success) to capture the essence of an artist's performance and the inner space from where all concerts emanate. However, today I had the rare privilege of experiencing stillness, where a bamboo reed metamorphoses into a soulful bansuri; under the thoughtfully benign gaze and a loving touch of a master craftsman. This sketch is a behind-the-scenes glimpse and a humble tribute to a very talented artist and a dear friend, who is almost monk-like (with personal rituals, prayers and all) while handcrafting his MURLIs.
bansuri glossary term
The bansuri is a transverse alto flute of India, made of a single length of bamboo with six or seven open finger holes. An ancient musical instrument associated with cowherds and the pastoral tradition, it is intimately linked to Lord Sri Krishna. The North Indian bansuri, typically about 14 inches long, was traditionally used as a soprano instrument primarily for accompaniment in lighter compositions including film music.