Type: Aerophones > Flutes > Transverse.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 421.211.12
Region: South Asia.
Description: The batanala is a small cane flute of Sri Lanka. It occurs in various sizes and it is made from bata reed, a reed that found throughout the island. The instrument is known occasionally as a vasdanḍa. It is often a side blown or transverse flute having six or often seven finger-holes.
The tube of the flute is always stopped and varies in length from 23 cm to 56 cm. These flutes are occasionally lacquered but are far more often plain or polished. Although made in Sri Lanka. Batanala flutes do resemble the venu flute as played in Carnatic music.
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