As one of reed musical instruments, cucurbit flute is especially popular among the Dai people in Dehong. The instrument is made with natural materials of gourd and bamboo. Composed of a gourd, main pipes, reeds and auxiliary pipes, the cucurbit flute sounds beautiful. It is ideal instrument for young people to express their emotion. Boasting of elegant appearance and sweet sound, the cucurbit flute has been passed down from generation to generation among the Dai people.
Lianghe, a county in the southwest of Yunnan, is home to cucurbit flute. When promoting Lianghe, such cucurbit flute specialists as Li Chunhua and Cao Pengju maintain,“Lianghe is a must for every lover.” As the birthplace of cucurbit flute , Lianghe is crowned “Hometown of Cucurbit Flute ”, drawing hundreds of cucurbit flute lovers each year.
The melodious and sweet tunes of the instrument penetrate each village in Lianghe. In Banggai Village, the instrument conveys more, expressing the simplicity of ancient culture.
The former residence of En Dequan
Ccucurbit flute hang on the eaves of each house catch the eyes of each visitor. Following the sweet tune, visitors come to the former residence of En Dequan, messenger of Chinese cucurbit flute culture. The house is highlighted by the bamboo fence, which displays simplicity and delicacy.
The photoes, panels and old clothes on the bamboo fence record the growth and experience of En Dequan, who is not only a master of cucurbit flute , but also a messenger of the culture.