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triveni spotlight: 29 october

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

Theme: Raga in Nature

Journal: haikuKATHA



monsoon rains,

the endless fields

are weeping too ...

lost in the winds of change

rice-planting songs of natives


— Milan Rajkumar



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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Firdaus Parvez
Firdaus Parvez
2022年11月01日

Beautiful! Lost in the rain-soaked paddy fields the forgotten lives of natives. Change comes with a lot of loss. It is poignantly caught by Milan.

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Milan Rajkumar
Milan Rajkumar
2022年11月04日
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Thank you Firdaus! ❤️👍

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Marilyn Humbert
Marilyn Humbert
2022年10月30日

love the 'o' sounds in this one Milan, I can hear the wind

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Milan Rajkumar
Milan Rajkumar
2022年11月04日
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Thank you Marilyn! ❤️👍

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Disha Upadhyay
Disha Upadhyay
2022年10月29日

This is truly beautiful, especially L4!

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Milan Rajkumar
Milan Rajkumar
2022年10月30日
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Thanks Disha! ❤️👍

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mona bedi
mona bedi
2022年10月29日

A beautiful tanka indeed!

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Milan Rajkumar
Milan Rajkumar
2022年10月30日
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Thank you Mona! ❤️👍

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Bhavana Nissima
Bhavana Nissima
2022年10月29日

I truly felt the loss through this tanka— I had to pause as I reflected on the slow loss of diversity in the sound sphere at multiple levels.


The L4 turned around the poem so well. Thank you.

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Milan Rajkumar
Milan Rajkumar
2022年10月30日
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Thank you Bhavana! ❤️👍

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