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India’s only pan flute maker creates right notes

IMPHAL | Apr 21

The Pan Pipes, a wind musical instrument indigenous to South America is now made in Manipur. Also known as Syrinx, the pan pipes is made of bamboo or reeds. Bhramacharimayum Kiranjit Sharma makes pan pipes along with other foreign wind instruments. He is the only one in India to make the instrument which is sold all over the country presently.

Born to late B Rajmani, Kiranjit lives with his mother Tombisana at Bhramapur Nahabam Phuritmayum Leirak and is the second sibling among three brothers.

From a young age, he was fascinated by musical instruments. He fancied the flute and from a young age he got tutelage under Guru Apabi, a renowned flutist. He is a graduate from Maharaj Bodhachandra College and completed his masters in fine arts from Assam University.

Following his passion for music, Kiranjit played the flute in many orchestras including Mahabharat band. After some time, his professionalism increased and along with it his want for quality flutes.

“That time, there were not many shops selling flutes, one could not get quality instruments. Then, I decided to try my hand at making the flute,” he said.

Kiranjit gathered different bamboos from his locality and started experimenting. At first, everything was trial and error. “I couldn’t get right tunes, perfection came much later. My happiest moment was when my flutist friends asked me where I got my flute from? When I said that I made them myself, my friends started placing orders. I sold my first flute at Rs. 50. Since then there has been no looking back,” Kiranjit told Imphal Free Press.

This was in 1990. Now, Kiranjit sends sets of flutes to musicians and shops all over the country.

“At that time, I realized that making flutes got me a steady income. I could even chip in to the family expenses. I finally stopped playing the flute as I utilized my time in making them instead. I earned much more from making them only,” Kiranjit said adding that he makes around 50 flutes in a month and ships them all over the country.

His clientele includes Naveen Kumar, flutist of AR Rehman, Pandit Ronu Majumdar, Grammy nominee Rk Bikramjit among others.

Kiranjit later started experimenting with different wind instruments like pan pipes, Chinese flutes, South American Quena, Sakohashi flute of Japan. His experiment with pan pipes was a major success and it is now sold in other states.

It comes with a price tag of Rs 15,000. Kiranjit takes at least a week to make a Romanian pan pipe model. He is the lone individual making these instruments in India. He sells his flute for Rs 1000 per piece.

For his entrepreneural skill, the directorate of Commerce and Industries awarded him in 2010. Recognition was given also by handicraft division, New Delhi.

“Music is the food of the soul, I play the flute and sing. It is my passion and now I make a living by making flutes. I am content.” Kiranjit said as he started packing his flutes for shipping to Bangalore tomorrow. He can be reached at bkflute@rediffmail.com or 9856148865.

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