« The SVARAM team (...) may possibly be one of the few places on the Indian subcontinent experimenting in the field of creating new musical instruments. Its focus lies on instruments that should be accessible to everybody, independent of talent or predisposition, directly bringing the joy of music into one's hands and heart. »
Among lots of other intruments, Svaram produces wooden nose flutes.
Aurelio, the director, answered very gently my questions.
The company has been making nose flutes for 2 years, helped by a Austrian volunteer student in the work. « Shankar and his young helper Santosh have since made around 100 pieces, using yellow teak wood for it. »
I ordered a Svaram nose flute from the Auroville website for a decent price ($10), and added a few bucks for planting trees.
I think it was the first time I received a parcel from India. The flute was very well-packed in a linen pouch containing a nice cardboard box. I was surprised to find the flute inside a beautiful leather pocket (a bit "goaty" by the smell though :).
But it may be of some interest for novices as it is cheap, and includes a very nice leather pouch.
More, prefering an Auroville flute to an Ebay one helps some nice social action done there in India, and for one supplementary buck, a tree will be planted for you.
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