Are you looking for the best flute for beginners in India? There must be a reason for you to look out to buy this musical instrument apart from others.. right?
For sure, I can say one thing about flutes which is that flute is the easiest instrument to master in India.
The flute is also the most pleasant sounding instrument, which can make any music into a most loveable tune.
If you are yet a beginner, don’t worry we will guide you from zero to making you a hero. We have articles on that too on our website.
In this article, we will guide you on how to buy the perfect flute for beginners in India, the buying factors, and a brief of what you should know about Flutes.
Cool fact – Now you can call yourself a flutist or fluter or a flute player. 😉
Types of Flutes in India
Indian music as such has a wide range of musical instruments used. In it, there can be a small variation in which it’s used. Hence the classification is broadly based on how the instrument is played.
Flute (also known as Bansuri in India) comes under the category of woodwind instruments, where the sound is produced from the flow of air across an opening.
In India, the Flute is classified according to musical type:
- North Indian Hindustani Flute (6 holes)
- South Indian Carnatic Flute (8 holes)
Here is a detailed video guide on the classification.
It’s also classified further based on flute scales. Scale means frequency of the swara “Sa” – 3 upper holes closed.
The frequency of the flute is dependent on the flute length. Longer the length of flute, higher the frequency.
We recommend you read the buying factors before buying the flute, scroll below, or click here – Buying Factors – Choosing Right Flute.
Look at the flute of great flutist Sruthi Balamurali is using on this awesome song cover. It’s rendered beautiful because of the best investment in flute.
Budget Flute Price
You know the least amount for which you can get a flute from local seller is for Rs. 50, But is that the flute you want? What does it lack?
The depending factor to price is the range of tone/the scale of ragas we mentioned (Sa Re Ga Ma Pa). In order to play every tone of the music, you need to choose the perfect flute.
The better your budget, the best flute would you be getting.
Best Flute for Beginners in India
One of the top rated flute brands in India is Punam Flutes.
It’s founded by Mr. Subhash Thakur, who has worked as a senior flute instrumentalist in Song & Drama division, under I&B Ministry, Govt. Of India
Mr. Thakur makes every flute precisely customized for individual requirements – with names engraved, and threads added to your colors.
Same to its looks is its sound quality – Pleasing natural sounds, with great touch on higher and lower tones.
Lightweight and 19 inches length make it very comfortable to hold in hands. You also do get a cover for flute protection.
Totally for playback, it has 7 holes (one optional hole for extra note).
This beautiful Punam flute/bansuri is priced at Rs.1800, one of the best selling Indian flutes because of its professional quality and value for money.
It’s made up of bamboo material, which is the natural best and lasts long. Honestly, the best flute for beginners in India we would recommend you buy.
Unlike the previous one, this Punam flute has a C Sharp medium-scale tone. This scale is also good for starters, with the same sound quality, build & furnishing details.
C sharp medium sound makes it special to endnotes on a sharper, crisp level, which is very un-noticeable.
This is also a light flute at just 281 grams, made up of great quality bamboo, and 18 inches long. The customer support by Punam flutes is also very polite and professional and hence we recommend you add this as an alternative to your flute list.
At a price of Rs. 2,100, Its hands down the best value for money flute you can get.
Sarfuddin flutes is another top brand in India that sells India Flutes and Bansuri. This flute is built on Assam bamboo with great furnishing on its sides.
It’s perfectly tuned to C Scale and its sound quality makes it great for both beginners and intermediates.
This flute also comes with a cover for flute and is 19th inches long.
This is a C Natural Medium scaled flute and has 6 holes finger placements
This costs around Rs. 1500 on Amazon and is one another best flute in this beginner series.
This is a specially modified flute, compared to the others. This Radhe flute is C Natural Middle scale flute, with its body built up of PVC fiber.
Its sound quality is tuned very well and is comparable to what bamboo flutes provide. However, the sound is little on the huskier side.
This flute/bansuri is lightweight at 299 grams and has 7 holes(1 extra hole). You can use the lip plate to blow easily if you are having trouble and skip spending time learning the blowing technique.
This comes at price of Rs. 400 ONLY. Yes, Its very low in price just because of the build material difference.
Buying Factors – Choosing Right Flute
1. Best Flute Scale for Beginners
One of the most important factors that people fail to consider while looking for the best flute for beginners is the right scale range for beginners – C scale middle, E scale, which one would be perfect?
You must keep in mind that this is essential to keep the tone of the flute modulated to the right frequency to hear the pleasant sound you are expecting it to.
The right scale for beginners as suggested by me and almost all flute experts is C- Natural Middle Flutes. Some recommend G scale flute as well.
Yes! You can find this scaled flute used most commonly.
2. Flute Material
Keep in mind, NOT all flute materials are made up of bamboo. They are colored to make the appearance feel like bamboo.
Flutes are normally made up of PVC, PVC Fibres, and Bamboos.
Talking of the PVC material quality, it doesn’t have any season effect. It stays the same and does not get damaged easily.
However, you know we believe in quality and long-lasting products. Therefore we will have to recommend you take up bamboo made flutes in India.
It’s not always easy to find the best flute for beginners in India. However we have compared them down, and its up to you to choose the best flute you like.
The most pleasant sound from this instrument is what made me to pick up one of this and learn on a go. You will know how fun that is!
Keep practising and make your best buy choice!