A head constable in Karnataka's Hubli rural police station has turned his lathi (batons) into a flute to play folk songs with.Chandrakant Hutgi's skill and artistic talent has not only earned him recognition from the state police department, but also a special cash award (inam) from Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) Bhaskar Rao, in Bengaluru."Making musical instruments and playing them has been my hobby for a long time. I turned the fibre lathi, given to me for policing, into a flute to play folk songs when free from work,” Hutgi told news agency IANS on Wednesday, 30 May.“(Bhaskar) Rao called me to Bengaluru on Monday with the musical lathi and (requested me to) play for him in his office after he heard from his colleagues at Hubli that I converted it into a flute. He also rewarded me.” 52-year-old Hutgi, as told to IANS‘You’ve Done Nothing’: SC Slams Karnataka Cops Over Kalburgi CaseHutgi skillfully drilled eight holes into the lathi using local tools. While one of those eight holes was for blowing air, six were for playing with his fingers and one smaller outlet to let out the air, according to IANS."Chandrakant Hutgi, head constable from Hubli Rural police station has converted his deadly fibre lathi into a musical instrument... we are proud of him," Rao wrote in a tweet on Tuesday, after recording video of a folk song that Hutgi played in the ADGP’s office in Bengaluru.Barely an hour after it was posted, Hutgi's video clip went viral on social media. The video was also circulated on WhatsApp by his colleagues.“Since the video clip went viral earlier in the day, I have been getting calls from colleagues, friends and relatives and congratulatory messages.” Hutgi, as told to IANSKarnataka Cops Transport Journalist’s Dead Body in Garbage TruckHutgi, who was posted on security duty at Dattapeetha shrine in Chikmagalur's Baba Budangiri hills for a week in December 2017, converted his lathi into a flute in free time and fine-tuned it to play folk and Kannada film songs, news agency ANI reported on Wednesday."To kill boredom or break monotony, I play the flute and entertain my colleagues after duty hours. It helps me find peace and is also refreshing for many of my colleagues. I don't feel tired at work as I carry my flute along with me," Hutgi told ANI.My seniors asked me to play the flute on 23 May after vote count at the Dharwad counting centre, he said, adding that he gets all the support from his family in keeping up with his hobby.“My family cooperates in every way possible. My sister even bought a flute for me as a present,” he said.(With inputs from ANI and IANS) We'll get through this! Meanwhile, here's all you need to know about the Coronavirus outbreak to keep yourself safe, informed, and updated. The Quint is now available on Telegram & WhatsApp too, Click here to join.