Flow | And what about rhythm? – Let’s go on a musical walk!

Here’s a delightful “flow-exercise” of a different kind: nadai in rupaka tala

nadai composition in rupaka tala
Source: A rhythmical composition (nadai) in rupaka tala
The Oxford Illustrated Companion to South Indian Classical Music
(Table 22, p. 226)

South Indian music has a vast repertory of compositions known as nadai (Tamil “gait, walk”) most students of south Indian rhythm (laya) should be familiar with; this one transcribed at the home of vidvan T.K. Ramakrishnan busy teaching a mridanga lesson with his voice, ears and hands while watching an important cricket match (multitasking being far from alien to Carnatic musicians of his calibre): true to Mahatma Gandhi’s ideals music cannot, should not be separate from daily life. Music always has been the art most suitable to familiarizing people from diverse backgrounds with other human pursuits. In short, “true music is created only when life is attuned to a single tune and a single time beat“. Or even more poignantly:

I have a suspicion that perhaps there is more of music than warranted by life […] Why not the music of the walk, of the march, of every movement of ours, and of every activity?

Mahatma Gandhi in a letter to Rabindranath Tagore’s son
Rathindranath Tagore –  quoted by Gopalkrishna Gandhi (p. 568):
The Oxford India Gandhi: Essential Writings

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