Also called Murali, Bansi, and Banshi, the word Bansuri originated within the Sanskrit language. Bans (bamboo) and swar (musical note) combine to form the Bansuri that is made of a single length of bamboo and has six to seven open finger holes and a single hole at the upper end of the stick to blow into while creating a melody. There are two variations to this transverse alto flute instrument. The fipple variety is held away from the lips and best accompanies classical music and the transverse variety is preferred in folk music. The Bansuri is associated with the pastoral tradition in India and has been an indelible constituent of the legendary Radha-Krishna love story where the lord enticed his consort through the melodious notes of this instrument. It is a common fixture in countryside music; for example, the Chang Nritya of the Shekhawati belt of Rajasthan characteristically comprises of the notes of the Bansuri and it is also played in folk renditions of Punjab where it is known by the name ‘Vanjhali’.