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triveni spotlight: 23 october

triveni spotlight A FEATURE EVERY ALTERNATE DAY! hosts: Teji Sethi and Kala Ramesh host editor: Teji Sethi

Theme: Raga in Nature

Journal: haikuKATHA





evening breeze

ripples my floating world …

I search for love

beside weeping willows

beneath southern stars


— Marilyn Humbert



There is no end to seeing and hearing. The structure of the universe is infinite. Endless vibrating expansion.

~ Nanak


There are myriad sounds which pre-exist in nature and can be perceived by human ear. It is completely natural, both animals and humans to have profound reactions to certain sounds. Some songbirds sing from repertoires which use the same rhythms and note combinations as modern composers. For example, the canyon wren uses a 12-tone scale. The hermit thrush, on the other hand, sings in a five tone penta-scale which is common in Asian music. The tanka I have chosen to showcase, exquisitely capture the ‘music in nature’ be it the sound of ripples, a bird song, a cicada’s mating call, the rustle of leaves or the lament of paddy fields!


Teji Sethi

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Milan Rajkumar
Milan Rajkumar
Oct 27, 2022

Beautiful tanka! ❤️👍

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Marilyn Humbert
Marilyn Humbert
Oct 24, 2022

Thank you Reid

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Marilyn Humbert
Marilyn Humbert
Oct 24, 2022

Thank you Teji and Kala, I am honoured to be part of Triveni spotlight 'raga in nature'

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Marilyn Humbert
Marilyn Humbert
Oct 24, 2022
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Thank you Amoolya

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Reid Hepworth
Reid Hepworth
Oct 23, 2022

What a beauty! Love it!

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