The mission of Bansuri Bliss is to be the world's premiere source of bansuri knowledge and inspiration.
The bansuri is the transverse (side-blown) bamboo flute from northern India. World-renowned for its incredibly soothing sound, the bansuri is one of the world's most ancient instruments, having existed in more or less its current form for about 4,000 years.
Your Bansuri Bliss Membership will provide you access to a large and growing archive of bansuri compositions, lessons & tutorials focused on conveying to you the intricacies of North Indian Classical Music and the beautiful melodies called ragas.
As a Bansuri Bliss Member, you will be invited to attend two live online lessons each month, where you will learn new skills, meet other flute players and be able to receive direct input on your playing.
With your membership, you will learn to play traditional Indian melodies in their pure classical form. You will expand your musical understanding and increase your enjoyment as well as that of your listeners.
Given the complexities inherent in Indian classical music, most beginning bansuri players encounter significant difficulties becoming adept on the instrument if they attempt to learn it on their own. And due to the rarity of the instrument, finding qualified instructors or educational materials has always been difficult. Fortunately, bansuri players worldwide now have the ability to access a wealth of bansuri knowledge through the Bansuri Bliss Membership Site.
The site was created by Dr. Kerry Kriger, who has been studying, teaching, recording and performing Indian classical music since 1996. The site is perfect for beginners and advanced players alike, as Dr. Kriger has designed the curriculum to start from the very beginning and progress through the playing of complex compositions and improvisations in a systematic way.
Beginners will benefit from receiving answers to questions such as:
- What's the best way to hold a flute?
- How do I get the notes?
- When do I breathe?
- How and when do I improvise?
- How do I get a beautiful tone?
- How do I read and write Indian music?
- Where do I learn traditional compositions or find written music?
- How do I play with tabla players (drummers)?
- How do I learn different scales and rhythms?
- How do I improve my rhythm and sense of pitch?
- How do I make my flute music sound Indian?
Advanced students will benefit from learning compositions in a variety of ragas and talas (melodies and rhythms), as well as alap, taans, tihais and jhala (slow and fast improvistaions).
The courses Dr. Kriger has created draw upon his decades of music experience to deliver bansuri knowledge in a way that is easy to understand, enjoyable and thought-provoking. Most importantly, the courses deliver results in the form of more beautiful bansuri music being played by the students who take them!
“Kerry, I'm very thankful for your great contribution and dedicated services to Indian music. Your site is very useful for beginners like me. My best wishes and due regards for you and your team.”
- Arun Thakre
As the vast majority of the world's bansuri players have received little to no formal training in North Indian Classical Music, all the ragas taught by Dr. Kriger begin from the very beginning and assume no prior knowledge of the melody. The lessons progress step by step, covering the foundational aspects of the music and the details of the particular melody, with an ultimate goal of enabling you to play a full-length raga that includes compositions as well as abundant opportunities to improvise.
Dr. Kriger's teaching style is clear and concise, based on his 15+ years of experience teaching music, mathematics and sciences. Dr. Kriger has taught a wide spectrum of students, from elementary school to university level and beyond, and from a multitude of different cultural backgrounds. Any bansuri player interested in improving their skills and expanding their musical horizons will find the courses useful, whether they are brand new to bansuri or have been playing for decades.
"Hi Kerry: Love your website and your dedication to teaching bansuri."
-- Rik Svien, Minneapolis, MN, USA
Your membership allows you to access a large and growing archive of courses, which include videos, slideshows, PDFs, text and audio files dedicated to furthering your bansuri knowledge. The courses are on-demand, meaning you can take them any time you like, regardless of your schedule, and you can watch the videos over and over again to ensure you understand them. New courses are being added to the site each month. Courses delve deep into the details of a particular raga, including:
- Scale Exercises (Alankars)
- Ornaments (gamak, meend and murki)
- Compositions (with asthai & antara)
- Exploration of a variety of taals (rhythms)
- Taans, tihais, chakradars and other improvisations
- Jhala (tonguing and crescendo)
Courses often also include recordings of the ragas being performed in the studio and at live concerts.
The Bansuri Bliss Membership Site is aimed at bansuri (bamboo flute) players, but is well-suited to anybody interested in learning north Indian classical melodies regardless of their choice of instrument, as many of the concepts taught are broadly applicable across the Indian classical music spectrum.
“Amazing work done by Dr Kerry Kriger on gamaks. It is informative and interesting for students who are keen to learn bamboo flute. This is a great method and absolutely fantastic tutorial. May we have many more flutists with the help of Dr. Kriger. All the very best.”
-- Maitreyee Sarcar HF FRSA, Surtarang Broadcast, UK
clears your mind
makes you happy
improves your concentration
makes people around you happy
improves your problem solving skills
exercises your lungs, hands, and fingers
provides you with free sonic therapy sessions
“I appreciate the magic of this beautiful instrument. I just love the way it sounds and the music that comes out of it.”
-- Veallu Jagadaseen
For thousands of years, Indian classical music has been passed down directly from teacher to student, a tradition known as the guru-shishya parampara. This enables students to receive regular feedback from their teacher, which is critical for ensuring the student is playing the music correctly and improving rapidly. As such, Dr. Kriger leads twice-monthly online group lessons open to all Indian Flute Music members.
In these lessons (conducted via videoconference), Dr. Kriger:
(1) reviews concepts covered in the online courses;
(2) teaches new material not covered in the courses; and
(3) answers your questions, which you can submit in advance of the class or ask during the session.
The class times vary, but don't worry if you miss the class as you will have access to the entire archive of group lesson recordings...a true treasure house of knowledge.
"The group lesson of today, was once more a moment of magic."
-- Joao Soares, Lisbon, Portugal
"Hi Dr. Kriger: Thanks for the great class! I admire your appreciation of and dedication to keeping such wonderful music alive and well in the contemporary world. Thanks again for a really interesting and useful class."
-- Rik Svien, Minneapolis
"Thank you for the lesson. I attended it. You explain things very well. You have rich material to share.
Regards, Mukund Satwalekar"
"Kerry, your Jansamohini alap is so soothing and relaxing.”
-- Tushar Bhattacharya, Florida
Namaste! I'm Kerry Kriger and I’ve played bansuri almost every day since 1996.
I grew up in the suburbs of Northern Virginia in a non-musical, non-Indian family and I never studied music until I was 21 years old. I was inspired to play flute in 1995 when I heard the melodious sounds of a flute while traveling through the Greek isles. The flutist told me that if I wanted to learn the flute, I needed to learn the raga (the Indian classical music form). I had recently heard the great sitarist Pandit Ravi Shankar so was familiar with Indian music and knew that it was based largely on improvisation. Being a huge fan of improvised music, I took the flutist’s advice and started researching how to learn bansuri.
I found out that San Francisco was the center of Indian music outside of India, so after I graduated college, I moved to San Francisco to begin my Indian musical journey (online courses didn't exist back then!). I intended to take just two months of bansuri lessons in order to pick up the basics. But I fell in love with the instrument and the pleasures of learning Indian classical music, and bansuri has been a major part of my life ever since.
In 1999 I returned to Virginia to learn bansuri from the great flute master Pandit Vijay Raghav Rao, who had studied under and collaborated with Pandit Ravi Shankar for thirty years. Vijayji spent half of each year in Virginia, so I always tried to be there when he was there. A few summers he spent in southern California, so I spent those summers in California as well, taking as many lessons as he had time to give. Vijayji was born in India in 1925 and spent his entire life composing, recording, performing and teaching Indian music. I was fortunate to receive private lessons from him from 1999 through 2008, and he once told me that he had taught me more material than any of his other students (who include GS Sachdev and Ronu Majumdar). One of my major goals is to share with you the wealth of knowledge that Vijayji passed down to me, and to ensure the world is filled with more and better bansuri music.
Aside from bamboo flute, I’ve studied tabla (Indian hand drums) and electric guitar. I’ve taught myself piano, ukulele, and jaw harp, and I am quite adept with a darabuka (middle eastern drum). I’ve attended hundreds of concerts, including those of legendary musicians such as Ali Akbar Khan, Ravi Shankar, Hariprasad Chaurasia, Amjad Ali Khan, Shivkumar Sharma, Zakir Hussain, Anindo Chatterjee, Ramani, L. Subramanian and of course my guru Pandit Vijay Raghav Rao, as well as plenty of rock and roll, jazz, funk and other western music. And I’ve recorded, performed and practiced with a variety of musicians from around the world.
In 2008 I built the Bansuri Bliss website (originally found at indianflutemusic.com) and started sending out regular electronic newsletters about bansuri. In 2013, I began uploading music lesson videos to the Bansuri Bliss YouTube channel and giving private and group lessons online and in person.
My 20+ years of musical study and teaching (combined with significant experience teaching math and science from the elementary to university level) enables me to pass information on to my students in a clear and concise manner, and to quickly see ways they can improve their music.
I'm looking forward to teaching you bansuri!
Kerry Kriger, Ph.D.
Bansuri Bliss LLC
Founder, President & Flute Player
“Kerry, you are gifted and very talented. You are one of my motivations for taking up flute. Your compositions are awesome.”
— Regards, Ramakrishnan
"Hi Dr Kerry!! I've been listening to your flute all day long...extraordinarily beautiful!!!"
-- Denise East, San Jose, CA
"My wife and I were lucky enough to have a private playing by Kerry at our lake house. We both were surprised by the beautiful music that he played. Kerry is a very talented person in many ways. Oh, our dog and cat were mesmerized by Kerry's music!"
-- George Sellers, South Carolina
You can access the Bansuri Bliss Membership Site's large and growing archive of musical knowledge AND join the twice-monthly video-conference lessons with a monthly payment that is less than the cost of a private lesson...without even needing to leave the comfort of your own home.
Your busy schedule probably doesn't allow you much time for commuting across town for lessons, or traveling across the country or to the other side of the planet to learn bansuri. And all that travel would be incredibly expensive! Dr. Kriger traveled extensively to gain the Indian musical knowledge; the Bansuri Bliss Membership Site allows you to reap the benefits of Dr. Kriger's long-distance commutes, in the form of at-home, on-demand learning suited to your busy lifestyle.
"You are the real source to learn flute. Even being Indian, I haven't found a good teacher like you here. Keep uploading your videos. It motivates me a lot."
-- Ronak Dagli
Free Private Lesson With Dr. Kerry Kriger
When you sign up as a member, you will get a free half-hour introductory one-on-one online flute lesson with Dr. Kerry Kriger.
Free MP3 Each Month
You probably enjoy listening to mellow flute music at home, so we'll send you a free bansuri recording each month. You can download it and keep it forever!
Discounted Rate For Private Lessons
Bansuri Bliss Members enjoy a 10% to 20% discount on private bansuri lessons with Dr. Kerry Kriger.
Bansuri Bliss dedicates 10% of all revenues to good causes. Specifically:
- 5% gets donated to SAVE THE FROGS!, the public charity founded by Dr. Kerry Kriger in 2008. SAVE THE FROGS! has conducted over 2,000 educational events worldwide to benefit endangered amphibian populations, including a multitude of events throughout India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan.
- 5% gets dedicated to support bansuri students with financial needs, in the form of scholarships that help the students cover their Bansuri Bliss membership costs.
Your membership helps fund these valuable programs and makes the world a better place...more nature, more music.
“Hi Kerry. I am Piyush from India. I recently started learning the Indian flute from your website material and your lessons are of great use, so I wanted to thank you for coming up with the idea of online flute lessons. Thanks a lot indeed!”
Included with every membership is access to the course “Getting Started With Bansuri”, which Dr. Kriger created to ensure you understand the basics of Indian classical music.
The course assumes no prior knowledge of bansuri and requires no previous musical training.
In the course, you will learn:
- How to choose a flute;
- Where to buy a flute;
- How to read and write Indian classical music;
- How to get the notes from your bansuri;
- The structure of a raga
- The structure of a composition
- And much more!
“Just found your web page and I really have no words to say after listening to the Flute Raag "Darbari". It is really amazing and very nice. Believe me I played it many times and enjoyed much. It is really great and I salute you for your dedication to Indian Music especially Flute (Bansuri).”
-- Zameer Khan, Karachi, Pakistan
If you need to cancel for any reason, you cancel directly from your membership dashboard when you are signed into the site. Or you can simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will ensure that no further charges to your card occur. You will still be able to access the site for the duration of time covered by your last payment.
"Awesome tutorial sir…keep on teaching such great techniques" :)
-- Naveen Chaudhari
We are positive that you will gain significant musical knowledge and bansuri enlightenment when you join the Bansuri Bliss Membership Site, so we have created our Bansuri Bliss Guarantee to reflect that. If you are unsatisfied with your membership for any reason and you would like your last payment refunded, simply email us at email@example.com requesting we cancel your membership and refund your last payment, and provide a reason or two for your dissatisfaction. We will refund your last payment no questions asked, according to the following:
- Monthly payments will be refunded in full at any point in the month;
- Annual membership payments will be refunded in full any time within 60 days of having placed your payment. After 60 days, you will be refunded the amount of unused membership (e.g. if you are 9 months into your membership we would refund you 3/12 of your annual payment).
“Excellent lesson Dr Kerry, I always admire the way you explain, clear and precise, thanks once again.”
-- Prabhakar Tewari
Clear & concise teaching related to a wide array of bansuri and Indian classical music concepts.
Compositions, exercises and a methodology for improvising, so that you can play an entire raga from start to finish.
Knowledge of the most common Indian rhtyhms, such as teental, jhaptal, rupak, ektal and dadra.
Musical literacy: knowledge of how to read and write Indian classical music.
Downloadable PDF's with written music that you can keep forever.
Access to twice-monthly live lessons led by Dr. Kerry Kriger.
A free half-hour introductory private lesson with Dr. Kerry Kriger upon enrollment...and a 10% to 20% discount on subsequent private lessons.
A free mp3 each month of exquisite bansuri music that you can download and enjoy forever.
The joy of knowing that your membership supports environmental protection efforts and scholarships for financially-challenged musicians through our charitable giving program.
A straightforward cancellation policy and our Bansuri Bliss Guarantee.
I'm building the most comprehensive library of Indian classical music ever created. Your Bansuri Bliss Membership not only gets you access to it and regular online lessons with me, it also helps finance the creation of the library and thus the furtherance of Indian classical music and culture. Bansuri Bliss Memberships are a minimal but incredibly worthwhile investment in your musical future, at only about fifty cents per day. Please feel free to contact me with any questions!