The Bansuri Flute (bans [bamboo] + swar [musical note]) is a transverse alto flute made of a single length of bamboo and has six or seven open finger holes. An ancient musical instrument associated with cowherds and the pastoral tradition, the flute is linked to the love story of Krishna and Radha, and is depicted in Buddhist paintings from around 100 AD. The flute may be seen in many sacred pictures of Lord Krishna and Saraswati, goddess of music. The Bansuri flute is one of the three original forms of rendering Indian Classical music according to ancient scriptures - Vaani (Vocal), Veena (String) and Venu (Flute). Associated with Krishna's Rasa lila; the tunes on his flute are poetically associated with driving the women of Braj mad. IMPORTANT NOTICE! Health and sanitary regulations prohibit the exchange or return for credit of any mouth blown instrument. NOTE 1: Because of shipping problems in the past, we no long ship Bansuri Flutes outside the United States. NOTE 2: Bansuri flutes are hand crafted from bamboo. As a result, there may be some bending of the cane so that they are not perfectly straight. If you require a very straight bansuri flute, our deluxe models are the most straight, and also a bit more expensive.