Friends make a playable flute made entirely of chocolate and it looks amazing
In an unlikely alliance, a pastry chief and a flautist combined their skills for an incredible feat of engineering, and a tasty treat, to boot: a playable chocolate flute.
Indian Chief Vinesh Johny called his friend the Los Angeles-born flautist Parth Chandiramani when inspiration hit him before World Chocolate Day.
“He called me and he said, ‘I watched YouTube videos of flute players, do you think we could make a flute entirely out of chocolate? “” Parth told The Epoch Times. “I knew at first that we could definitely get some sort of sound from a chocolate pipe because the design allows it.”
However, the 29-year-old flautist discovered that the main challenge lay in making a perfectly tuned flute.
Parth, who grew up in Bengaluru, a southern Indian state, has been playing the flute since the age of 6. Preferring to play the bamboo flute, he had never made his own instrument before Vinesh, the co-founder of Lavonne, a Bengaluru-based pastry shop, posed the challenge.
At the start of their experiment, the duo had to keep in mind many factors, including the diameter of the flute and the temperature at which it was made and played, “because the chocolate will melt instantly,” Parth said.
For a week in an air-conditioned kitchen, the flautist and his friend tried to work the dark chocolate cover flute. They tried to make sure the holes were precisely spaced. Many prototypes failed, some of them breaking instantly, but they kept their efforts.
“We slowly learned and understood,” Parth said. “Finally, with the ninth or tenth flute, we got exactly what we wanted.”
Yet every time Parth put his hand on the finished flute it would start to melt so they had to make a video quickly.
AR Rahman, a famous Indian film composer, record producer, singer and songwriter, is also Parth’s favorite composer.
“At the end of the video it broke,” Parth lamented, adding, “I think if it was a normal flute and it broke I would be really sad.”
“I was really on top of the world as soon as he broke because I could bite him immediately,” he considered. “It felt like we had accomplished something because we actually made a fully tuned chocolate flute; I played a melody of it, and then it broke, so it seemed to me that it had come full circle.
The duo shared their creation with the world on July 7, World Chocolate Day, with a video posted on Instagram, writing: “I didn’t just get to play it, I have to eat it too!
The response from the audience has been “really kind and gentle,” Parth said. Perhaps the best accolade came from musical idol AR Rahman himself, who shared the melodies played on the chocolate flute in his Instagram stories.
“Vinesh randomly mentioned it while we were doing the flute, ‘What if AR Rahman shares this video?’,” Parth recalls, “and I said,“ Man, that would be amazing. ‘
“It really happened! It was a big victory for us.
Parth, who says it was his mother’s dream for him to learn the flute as a child, quickly developed a deep love for the instrument of peace. By continuing to play the instrument at his school and college, the flute, Parth says, brought him a sense of calm.
After college, Parth joined the Raghu Dixit Project for five years, a Bengaluru-based group that toured the world.
After he left, he formed his own 20-piece outfit, Bryden-Parth, with close friend Bryden Lewis. Performing Bollywood covers, the project spanned six years and is counting.
Bryden-Parth will release an original music album in 2022.
By Louise Bevan
Louise Bevan is a writer born and raised in London, England. It covers inspiring news and human interest stories.