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triveni spotlight: 25 october

Updated: Oct 25, 2022

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

Theme: Raga in Nature

Journal: haikuKATHA

if it isn't love

that bends the tree

to touch dancing grass ...

what makes

the wind sing?

— Shalini Pattabiraman

From the tanka prose ‘The Unknown Artist

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! ❤️👍


Oct 26, 2022



Really lovely!


So beautiful 😍 I got lost in it


Xenia Tran
Xenia Tran
Oct 25, 2022

Such a beautiful tanka, thank you so much for sharing!

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