Thursday, October 06, 2005

Regarding Kirwani

Just sent email to three writer-friends, advising of this blog. I included a terse explanation of Kirwani. It seems courteous to include same here. So:

"Kirwani" (blog name) is name of a particular raaga in Indian classical music. You can hear the notes of it (more or less) in the old song that begins "There was a boy, a very strange enchanted boy..."


Blogger ~River~ said...

Good you explained. I kept reading your blog name as Kirmani (and kept remembering a certain Indian cricketer of the same name)instead of Kirwani.

Hope your blog will keep playing its music for a long time to come.

Why this fascination with India?

Thu Oct 06, 02:48:00 AM PDT  
Blogger david raphael israel said...

dear Riverine --
well we all go everywhere, don't we? So many countries nestle within us. I've only paid very brief visits to India in long-bygone years, but am pondering passing more time there in an upcoming phase. Which seems one reason for (or related to) fresh interest in reading my English-lang. contemporaries from your olden land; a focus (blog-wise) just a month old, still a toddler.

Yes, I was remiss not explaining "Kirwani" sooner. Though it's likeable to tie & untie mysteries. The raag is originally Karnatic they say, adopted by Hindustani music -- don't know when, maybe in the past century more or less. Even though South Indian, Kirwani could be akin to some mid-eastern mode (I've supposed, vaguely).

cheers, d.i.

Thu Oct 06, 04:17:00 AM PDT  
Blogger david raphael israel said...

ps: at some point, perhaps I'll blog about various renditions of raag Kirwani in various recordings. It's not a topic I've properly studied (field I've surveyed per se), but would seem appropriate in future. Just now stumbled on a Kirwani by Krishna Bhatt, and have ordered a copy of the CD. [10/10/05]

Mon Oct 10, 05:51:00 AM PDT  

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