Watching the Indore video last night reminded me –
For the last piece that all of us performed together, my teacher was keen that Krishna use a real flute. So a friend bought a flute for me and I diligently decorated it. I put lovely peacock feather tassels and gold ribbon around Krishna’s melodious flute. (My flute, just to make things clear, is not at all melodious. I can make a few harsh sounds. That’s all.)
I did not really practise with the flute, but it was fun to have a flute, so I used it to my best advantage.
Except once. Sitting happily in aramandi, I discovered that the tassels were cheerfully pointing upwards and the holes of the flute were all facing the floor.
I winced inwardly. Should I gingerly and inconspicuously turn it around?
I decided against it. I can’t play it anyway, so might as well let it stay upside down.