- Kala Ramesh, Pune
March 5, 2005
An unusual form of 13 short poems
One-liners, two-liners and three-liners!
Poems, which in their brevity seem to create imagery.
Abhinaya in words and rasa in form, quintessentially Indian in nature.
These poems are inspired by the Japanese form of short poems called Haiku
cascade of taans,
single parijat like sargams
lie on the pathway
sucked in its own swamp - ego loses the art of being a rasika
in music, to reach swara's abode is like walking on a razor's edge
the raga weaves through the tala and then looks back at her handiwork
- raga vistaar
a bee hovers around the flower oozing serenades -
and lovers? bicker
eye glasses make a show of what it does -
eyes just see
trees love to rain-dance -
while the singer sits behind glass doors
raga music like nature is best
when cell phones are switched off
Silences of the tree;
the hill and the sky
join the deep silences in music
ustad bade ghulam
singing a thumri
- will love never become stale?
know how to take off
lilting movements melting -
Viraha geet is playing
touching me, I weep
for my lost heart
Deep in raga -
the sudden applause
startles the singer.
A musical note lives for that 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 Kala to Haiku and Tanka… In all these three instances, she believes there is a resonance that lingers in the spirit long after the sound has faded.