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triveni spotlight : 5 october

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

Theme: Raga in Nature

Journal: haikuKATHA




after a concert

the rustle of leaves … 

I hum a song 

accompanied only 

by the swirling wind


— Ken Slaughter





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 11, 2022

Sublime ...feel like at the end of the day, it's only ourselves with our memories which linger on ...

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lakshmi iyer
lakshmi iyer
Oct 06, 2022

Beautiful tanka!!

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Marilyn Humbert
Marilyn Humbert
Oct 06, 2022

great sounds in this one, I love it, it reminds me of my happy-place, being in the bush.

Thank you Ken and thank you Teji

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Mallika Chari
Mallika Chari
Oct 05, 2022

It is very lively! Makes me feel it ...the rustling leaves ...the soft humming sound ......

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Unknown member
Oct 05, 2022

Ah! I am hearing it now :) Lovely.

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