Flute player Odia’s handcrafted flutes dominate the world
Cutoff: Flautist Abhiram Nanda played a key role in the creation of several popular songs from the film Odia. Not only his flute playing skills but also his ability to make melodious flutes from bamboo made him popular among artists abroad.
Nanda, who has played the flute in the creation of at least 1,000 songs, has designed the musical instruments for artists from countries such as the United States, Russia, Holland, Switzerland, Spain and the ‘Germany. Even, many artists from abroad learned flute playing skills from Nanda.
âMy appointment with the flute began in the 1990s. Initially, I had learned to play the flute with Professor Mohinimohan Patnaik. Later, I honed my skills under the direction of the famous flautist Hariprasad Chaurasia. I was associated with All India Radio. To this day, I have played the flute in 1,000 songs, including songs from movies. I have visited 53 countries to organize musical events, âsaid Nanda Orissa substation.
Nanda further revealed that he had trained many foreign artists. âA lot of artists from foreign countries come to see me to take flute lessons. Usually they go through a 15-day training course under my direction, âhe said.
Nanda claimed that he usually sourced bamboo from Assam to make flutes. The renowned artist charges between Rs 1,500 and Rs 8,000 for his handmade flutes. âIt takes special skills and precision to make flutes. It takes me two days to prepare a bamboo flute. I usually send the flutes overseas by parcel, âsaid Nanda, from Jagatsinghpur district.