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Autumn 2005, vol 3 no 3

SHOWCASE

Haiku and Indian Music
by Kala Ramesh

 

from the sparrow’s
tiny lung a resonant call
- basant


Basant means spring season. In Indian classical music we have numerous compositions based on this season. We have a raga named basant.

 

 

the moving hand
holds high in music
the perfect sur


Sur means pitch. For a singer, the hand moves, aiding the singing voice.

 

 

eagles a mere speck-
sapaat taans begin their climb
morning concert
 

Sapaat taans are straight fast passages sung with the tabla [drums]. Often they cover all three octaves.

 


 
leaves glimmer
drips in malhar tans
the raga
 

Malhar is a monsoon raga.
Tans are fast passages sung along with the percussion – tabla.
Raga means passion.


 

 
to stand as a crane
on a singing note...
vocal recital

 

 

breezy warm breath
against the leaves
malkauns in the air


Malkauns
is a sensuous, erotic night raga.

 

 

wave-calls
haunting melodies linger
in mind’s abyss

 

 

tanpura sound ripples
in widening circles---
music room


Tanpura is an instrument used by vocalists in Indian classical music.

 

 

notes alone
together in a song
- milky way

 

 


Kala Ramesh is a performing vocalist in Indian Classical Music. She has given many concerts in India. She has published several articles on Indian Music and Indian Thought.

Kala has taught creative art in schools and taken workshops for children for The Times of India, in their NIE program.

Kala writes: "A musical note lives for a moment and fades into the void . . . that sacred silence. And Hindustani music, being completely extempore, is as fresh as a just bloomed lily. Being very similar in form, music attracted me to haiku and tanka. In all three, I believe there is a resonance that lingers in the spirit long after the sound has faded."


Click here to read Kala Ramesh's haiku and haibun in this issue of Simply Haiku.


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