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Members of Sushir Ensemble before their performance for Hon. President of India Pranob Mukharjee.

The Sushir ensemble is a Woodwind Ensemble from India. The word Sushir means a wind instrument in India. Sushir Ensemble comprises of three of the most popular traditional Indian wind instruments. Bansuri of North India, Venu of South India and Algoza of Western India.

Sushir Ensemble was formed in 2012, and since then it has toured all across India performing in many important festivals and concertd. One such concert was performed the Hon. President of India Pranob Mukharjee was present for the functionin Delhi.

Sushir ensemble presents a variety of traditional music from various parts of India. Rajasthani Folk,Carnatik Kritis, Dhrupad, Khayal, Thumari, as well as some traditional folk songs like Marriage songs and the songs of rains are in their repertoire. Besides these traditional music forms, they also perform some of their own compositions. Also in their performance are included the famous ‘Sawal Jawab’ or the musical Question-Answers and at some point they also involve the audience in their performance.

Currently Sushir Ensemble comprises of Milind Date – Bansuri, Amith Nadig – Venu and Shakoor Khan Langa – Algoza.They are accompanied by Charudatta Phadke and Abhay Ingale who plays various traditional percussion instruments of India viz. Tabla, Chanda/ Dholak, Pakhawazi, and Khanjira. We also at times add Subhash Deshpande with his magnificent Keyboards.

Sushir Ensemble has played in many festivals and weddings.

Bansuri –

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The bansuri (Hindi: बांसुरी, Urdu: بانسری‎, Nepali: बाँसुरी, Marathi: बासरी, Assamese: বাঁহী, Bengali: বাঁশি) is a transverse flute of India made from a single hollow shaft of bamboo with six or seven finger holes. An ancient musical instrument associated with cowherds and the pastoral tradition, it is intimately linked to the love story of Krishna and Radha and is also depicted in Buddhist paintings from around 100 CE. The Bansuri is revered as Lord Krishna’s divine instrument and is often associated with Krishna’s Rasa lila; mythological accounts tell of the tunes of Krishna’s flute having a spellbinding and enthralling effect not only on the women of the Braj, but even on the animals of the region. The North Indian bansuri, typically about 14 inches in length, was traditionally used as a soprano instrument primarily for accompaniment in lighter compositions including film music. The bass variety (approximately 30″, tonic E3 at A440Hz), pioneered by Pannalal Ghosh has now been indispensable in Hindustani Classical music for well over half a century. Bansuris range in size from less than 12″ to nearly 40″.

Venu –

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The venu (Sanskrit: वेणु; veṇu) is a bamboo transverse flute used in the Carnatic music. It is also called by various other names such as pullankuzhal (புல்லாங்குழல்) in Tamil, പുല്ലാങ്കുഴല്‍ in Malayalam, and ಕೊಳಲು (kūḷalu) in Kannada. It is known as pillana grōvi (పిల్లన గ్రోవి) or Vēṇuvu (వేణువు) in Telugu (Andhra Pradesh).

One of the oldest musical instruments of India, the instrument is a key-less transverse flute made of bamboo. The fingers of both hands are used to close and open the holes. It has a blowing hole near one end, and eight closely placed finger holes. The instrument comes in various sizes.

The venu is capable of producing two and half octaves with the help of over-blowing and cross fingering. The flute is like the human voice in that it is monophonous and also has a typical two and half octave sound reproduction. Sliding the fingers on and off the holes allows for a great degree of ornamentation, important in the performance of raga-based music.

Algoza –

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Algoze (Punjabi: ਅਲਗੋਜ਼ੇ) is a pair of Punjabi woodwind instruments adopted by Sindhi, Rajasthani and Baloch folk musicians, also called Jorhi, Do Nally, Satara or Ngoze. It resembles a pair of wooden flutes. The musician plays it by using three fingers on each side. Sound is generated by breathing into it rapidly; the quick recapturing of breath on each beat creates a bouncing, swing rhythm.

It is generally used as a folk instrument and Punjabi folk singers use it to play traditional music such as Jugni, Jind Mahi, and Mirza. It is also a popular choice among UK musicians for making contemporary Bhangra music and figures as an important instrument in Rajasthani and Baloch folk music. The greatest exponents of Alghoza, however, are the Sindhi musicians (Late) Ustad Khamisu Khan, (Late) Ustad Misri Khan Jamali and Akbar Khamisu Khan (Khamisu Khan’s son). Gurmeet Bawa (from Punjab) is another famous folk singer to use the instrument in her songs.[1][2]

Milind Date

Milind Date is one of the most versatile musicians from India. He is known Bamboo Flute playing and composing. He is one of the senior performing disciples of the legendary Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia trained in the Guru Shishya Parampara. …. More =>

Amith Nadig

Amith comes from a family of musicians and has been widely acclaimed as a child prodigy of Karnataka. He is the son and student of noted flautist Vidwan B.K.Anantharam. He is undergoing training under PadmaBhushana Sangeetha Kalanidhi and Dr.R.K.Srikantan to learn the finer aspects of the Gayaki Style of flute playing. More =>

Shakoor Khan Langa

A multi- Instrumentalist musician, Shakoor is one of the most flamboyant musicians from the royal lands of Rajasthan. Shakoor plays the Algoja (Double Flute),Morchang and Khartaal. These are traditional instruments of Rajasthan, and his several generations have been playing these instruments! His father, Ustad Habib Khan Langa, too is a multi insrumentalist who played the Sindhi Sarangi, Algoja and Morchang.

Shakoor has travelled all over the world and has several recordings to his credit. He was also the part of Shushir Ensemble’s performance for the Hon.President of India Mr Pranob Mukharjee. More =>