MMAS Gallery Opening
Western Concert flute is a three part metal instrument, made of gold.
Platinum or brass alloys. The standard concert flute is pitched in the
key of C and has a range of 3 octaves starting from middle C (or one
half-step lower with a B foot).
The Indian Bamboo flute is a
much simpler instrument, but only in looks. Whether it is the North
Indian Bansuri with six finger holes or the Carnatic flute with eight
finger holes, even an ordinary player has to use half close/open hole
configurations for several notes. With hundreds of identifiable ragas
or keys, often distinguished from each other just by a single note in
the ascent or the descent, it is a challenging instrument for anyone.
An expert, who goes into micro-pitches for special effects, really
lives on the edge, because even a false emphasis on a note(s) might
land him in the wrong Raga. Since the Indian flutes, unlike a Western
flute, are not pitched to a specific solfa syllable, and since the
compositions are also not fixed to any specific pitch, any flute may be
used for any composition.
About Prayuth Naduthota
Naduthota is a Honor Sophomore student at Westford High School, MA.
Prayuth learns Indian Flute from renowned Flute player V K Raman of
Varginia and Mysore A Chandan Kumar, India. Prayuth started learning
Flute at the age of 9 and did several solo and group performances in
local venues like Peabody Essex Museum, Indian Hill music, Westford
Academy, Hindu Temple, Chinmaya Center, NEKK, IAGB in the last few
years. Prayuth won several music competitions: he won 3 first places in
Cleveland last spring and first place in Senior category recently in
Bridgewater, NJ. He is also learning Western Flute from the age of 6
and performed in Churches and in Indian Music Hill Littleton MA many
times over the years. Prayuth is member of School Concert Band, Wind
band and marching band; he got selected to Eastern Massachusetts
concert band and given ‘FAME’ award for exceptional musical talent in
Middle School and recently he played Flute for musical play ‘Chicago’
in School. Prayuth is active member of School debate club, math and
Science club and he volunteers as Peer Counselor
Thank you Prayuth for sharing such wonderful music for the gallery opening!