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This boy sales flutes around Dakshineshwar Bhabatarini Temple. I don't know much about him but one thing I know, this boy is very clever. When I saw him, I liked his profile. I planned to buy at least a flute from him. I started bargaining; different flutes cost Rs.5 to Rs.10 each. Suddenly the boy went across me saying, "Tumi to nebe na, tumi chhobi tulbe (You won't buy one, you'll just snap me)". Then I relised that my camera made him think so. I followed him, but he never turned back. What else I can do other than snapping him from back?

Realisation : The more you struggle with life, the much experience you will gather.

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Flute is a wind, blowing instrument which has to be blown from the mouth. It is a simple hollow cylinder derived out of bamboo (Vans) and so name of flute in India is Vanshi.

The flute has six or seven holes. On one end of the flute, there is a hole, into which the artist blows and which gives off sound; the fingers cover the other six-seven holes, of which any one is released at any given time. The size of flutes varies
from six inches to three feet. The bigger the flute, the deeper its sound.

Today the structure of the flute, a humble folk instrument has changed dramatically due to the innovative genius of Pannalal
Ghosh. Pannalal Ghosh designed the long bamboo flute, which has deep tones and is highly suited for alaaps seven raagdari music. The tonal range of the instrument corresponded to the human voice and its emotions, in the hands of masters like Pannalal Ghosh and Hari Prasad Chaurasia.

Piccolo (played in western classical concerts), concert flute (played in European music) and pan flute (South American folk instrument) are relatives of Vanshi played worldwide.

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