“See Horizons Dissolve”, Neon Buddha, India to Los Angeles Petal by Petal

1 flute The bansuri is the flute that will accompany our
poet from India–

In the words of our beautiful poet friend Taoli-Ambika who lives in LA, has particpated in our Poets on Site programs, and will be with us on the Queen Mary

walking the unknown
see horizons dissolve
petal by petal . . .

This is what will happen to all of us at this amazing conference, a gathering of poets from all over the world. Taoli-Ambika tells a story of an experience….

(One morning in Palisades Park, Santa Monica, I stood looking at the ocean kissing sky, then a few dolphins smiled by, and I was struck by this thought. I turned around and found my self in the rose garden; my mind’s eyes showed me a peony in my apartment. I also felt to share this offering of dahlias: take a large peony or dahlia and be stripped of your identifications; carefully pluck a petal at a time as I almost did In Khajur Park (near our home in New Delhi), where grow hundreds of dahlias in winter. Even though I did not pluck petals, it felt like I did.)

Rick and I traveled to India last year, and our love for Indian Music was realized by coming home with beautiful Bansuri flutes, handmade in the same family store where the Beatles fell in love with Indan music, in Delhi, India. And I found an instrument of my dreams, the tamboura, which gives life and a strong basis to all the other instruments of the Indian tradition, and learned to ply it there. Taught by the beautiful Manjul Rikhi-Rham. We are planning to play both of these during the regional reading at HNA. Rick says:

Rick explains: “The bansuri is the flute that will accompany our
poet from India–and perhaps some others. This instrument
is the only transverse flute to be used in the
regional reading; it is held horizontally like
Western orchestral flutes. It is made of thin-walled
bamboo and has six finger holes that produce a major scale
when uncovered one by one.”

Michael Dylan Welch photo haiga

Michael Dylan Welch photo haiga


1 beatle

Our poet from India will be Angelee Deodar,
from Chandigarh, India
She says

Vernal Equinox
The City Beautiful’s roundabouts
Resplendent with flowers

(The city of Chandigarh was the first planned city in India post independence in 1947 (pre-independence planned cities include Dispur in Assam, New Delhi in Delhi, Jaipur in Rajasthan, etc.) and is known internationally for its architecture and urban design.[4] The city has projects designed by architects such as Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret, Jane Drew, and Maxwell Fry.)

1-Talwar-A Painter's Choice-txt
The bansuri is of great antiquity but only became a
respected instrument in Hindustani classical music
in the first half of the 20th century. The instruments
used in this classical music are large and have large
holes; some have a seventh hole. The large holes produce
a relatively big and mellow sound. In addition, they allow for
easy semitones and microtones, and the portamento effects
so important for the Northern Indian style. A huge number of
scales and intricate rhythms appear in he music. 1 tambora 2

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Poet creator, organizer of Tanka Poets on Site, Haiku Kathabela, Poets on Site, Caltech, Red Door Poets, Haiku Tid-Bits (fb) Experiment in Submission a Day (fb) Afternoon Tanka Party (fb) Poetry Quack Quarks (fb) secretary Tanka Society of America, member Haiku Society of America, Haiku Poets of Northern CA, world travels and music/poetic performance (with my husband Rick Wilson on flutes of the world)

One thought on ““See Horizons Dissolve”, Neon Buddha, India to Los Angeles Petal by Petal

  1. I am really enjoying work from India and asian poets, it has a richness and deprth of colour and a different sound-scape of birds and insects as well as the noise of busy cities..

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