The flautist designs a hybrid musical instrument; patent application – The New Indian Express



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BENGALURU: An engineer from the city has created a one-of-a-kind musical instrument that combines the Veena and the flute. Vinayak S Honnavar is also an established Indian classical music flautist and has filed a patent for his unique and native design. invention. He named the hybrid musical instrument “Tarbansi or Tanu Veena”. A mechanical engineer by profession, Vinayak says his expertise in the field helped him create this instrument. Elaborating on this, he says, “Tarbansi is a balanced combination of two musical instrument forms Tanti / Taar (string instrument) and Sushira / Basni (wind instrument). The mixture of these two radically different elements produces the tonal quality that creates different sounds.

The instruments have four main parts – flute, soundboard, strings and pegs. “It was designed in a simple form to ensure that it does not disturb the original structure of the flute,” he adds. This instrument sounds like a sitar and we can easily give an emotional touch to the songs, which will be a major element while playing Indian classical musical instruments. Vinay has established his own style of ‘Thaankari’ where the flute is gently blown to produce euphoric effect. He will add more divinity to his performance by retaining the Raag Bhaava and the quality of his magical sound in his performance.

Vinayak is expected to be a cultural representative of India at the X World Flutes Festival 2018 to be held in Mendoza, Argentina, September 19-23. Flutist Praveen Godkhindi represented India at the II World Flutes Festival in 2010. After an eight-year gap, Vinayak is the second flautist selected in India by the academic committee of the X World Flutes Festival.

This Festival of international scope, invites great representatives from different regions of the world. Each representative should bring a wealth of valuable information through concerts, master classes, workshops, debates and exhibitions.

A journey from a PVC pipe to a single bansuri
Vinayak’s mother, Lakshmi S Honnavar, was his first music teacher. When he was 10 years old, his uncle, B Shankar gave him a flute made from PVC pipe. With this flute he started his journey. Later, he drew much inspiration from the Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia and followed in his footsteps. He developed basic skills on his own by listening to All India radio programs. Later he had the privilege of learning from a renowned artist, Pandit BR Joshi, disciple of the legendary Lt Bharatratna Bhimsen Joshi. He mastered both singing and flute thanks to him. Later he was influenced by the flute maestro Pandit Venkatesh Godkhindi of Kirana Gharana.

Returning to the past, Vinayak remembers: “I come from a middle class family and I lost my father at a very young age. My mother was my only support. It became necessary for me to balance my passion with my profession. Thanks to the precious advice of my gurus, I mastered the instrument from an early age. Vinayak’s performance reflects a unique blend – both Gayaki (singing style) and Gatkari Anga (instrumental style).

Vinayak gave a performance to Shri Krishna Sangeeta Vidyalaya Davanagere in tribute to Pt Bhimsen Joshi for receiving the Bharath Rathna Award.
He has performed in numerous venues across India and abroad. He works as a Senior Guest Artist at Nirvana Yoga Shaala Mysuru (Mysore Mystical School).


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