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Four Notches Above

The Sameer Flute is a complete musical instrument that any music lover can enjoy listening to,” says Sangli-based flautist Sameer Inamdar.

Written by Rohan Swamy | Published: June 10, 2012 2:31:53 am

The Sameer Flute is a complete musical instrument that any music lover can enjoy listening to,” says Sangli-based flautist Sameer Inamdar. He is referring to the four-and-a-half feet long flute,with a beautifully carved pumpkin attached to its one end,that took him three years to make.

Inamdar,who has been playing the flute professionally for the last 10 years,unveiled his invention on Thursday. “It is one of those rare fusions between precise science and art. Often,for a lot of musicians,the entire concept of music is limited to playing music. Very few venture into the unknown space of creating an instrument that gives both the audience as well as the musician a richer musical experience,” he says.

Crediting scientist Uday Ghatge of Brain Chambers Research Institute,Kolhapur,with the development,Inamdar says,“We wanted to develop a flute that would help promote the depth and varied notes of Dhrupad music distinctively. We chose to use hollow wild pumpkins to help the sound traverse better. Depending on the size of the pumpkins,the richness of the tones,the pitches and octaves can be adjusted.”

Measuring three inches in diameter and 54 inches in length,the flute is thrice the length of a normal flute and almost two times the normal diameter. Inamdar also mentions that as compared to the six notches in traditional flutes,his version has 10 notches. “A normal flute will not allow a flautist to change the pitch from low to high and vice versa without a very noticeable jarring heaviness. It needs to be done gradually. Here,the transition with 10 bores is easier,” he adds.

Inamdar has gone a step further and applied for a national patent for the flute with work on the international patent being three months away. Even the name,as he says,wasn’t his idea. “Ghatge sir wanted to name the flute after me. He would say,“You are the founder of the flute,so it’s only apt that it should be named after you”,” says Inamdar.

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