Saint Thyagaraja lived in the village Thiruvaiyaaru-meaning the confluence of Five Rivers.
The River Danube flows in Vienna considered to be the Temple of Western Classical Music.
One can give more and more examples..
Apart from these facts about the composers and rivers, we also know how musical the river sounds when it flows.
It is said that in the olden days, Carnatic Musicians used to do Saadhakam(practice) standing neck deep in the river.
The River gave their voice a special charm and Shruti unison.I have a feeling that it also gave them the Laya Gnaanaa(sense of rhythm)!
The Emperor of Film Music also grew up in a place very close to where the Vaigai River flows rhythmically.. And I am sure this has had a great impact on him.
There is an old composition of his where the river Cauvery has been dealt with romantically.
The song is ‘Cauviriye..’ from ‘Archchanai PookkaL’(1980).
River and Romance..
Is there any surprise then that he chose the Mohanam Raga for this?
With just the sound of the strings, we are transported to the banks of Cauvery.
We see the white water birds welcoming us.
The Bass Guitar and the strings play and river smiles as we place our feet somewhat stealthily on the water.
The golden voice of SPB hums blissfully with the repartee from the flute and there..we jump into the river ready to taste the beauty of the music.
Janaki joins with her sweet voice and we begin to swim.
We see the sinuous waves as the violins play and we go with the stream.We see the playful fish under the water as the Flute throbs.
As the Charanam is sung, we look up at the golden sky and are mesmerized by the sight. As the alien note is used now, we take a turn and watch a grand spectacle.
We see the celadon green fields as the river speaks to the plants and trees.
The raindrops now fall on us and now it is the romance between the river and the rain.
It is the vibrant Flute again.
The River now passes through craggy surface and is slightly obstreperous as it gushes out spraying water all around.
It is in perfect synchrony as it continues to flow nonchalantly .We get out of the river and step on the banks reluctantly…. only to take a plunge again!
What an enchanting experience!