Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Role of Music in The Aryabhata Clan

Now that we had some music, we can get into how music was used in the book [The Aryabhata Clan]. If you think about it, music has seven notes: Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Dha Ni. So, you can think about a scenario… If any word, if you can express [it] in only seven letters, then instead of speaking the word, you can actually sing it. Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Dha Ni – [if] with these seven notes or these seven letters, if the entire language could be expressed, then the music could also be a code. Instead of talking, you sing.

We can do a small demonstration.

In Hindi or Devanagari, we have [around] 34 letters [for consonants]. How can you reduce the 34 letters to [only] seven? That’s how you can encrypt something. Though the Devanagari script has 34 letters, but there are other languages which have lot lesser letters. Say, in Tamil: ka kha ga gha – out of these four, Tamil has only one, that is “ka”. Then again, cha chha ja jha – Tamil has only one, [“cha”]. Pa pha ba bha – we have four, but Tamil has only one, [“pa”]. So directly, where we have 16 letters, Tamil has only four letters. But still they are able to use the language [with the fewer letters]. When you say Bangalore – what my Tamil friends have told me – they write “pa”, they write Pangalore, but they know it’s Bangalore. So, you can encrypt something, but then, some knowledge is required based on the context. The same word will have two different meanings.

Say, ka kha ga gha – if all the four – if you represent [them] with only one letter, we [can] have “Ga” – Sa Re Ga. So, “Ga” represents ka kha ga gha. It’s done.

“Ra” and “la” are very related sounds. You have this – Kajra re kajra re tere kare kare naina. It’s actually kajal. Kajal becomes kajra – it sounds little more poetic. So “ra” and “la” – you represent everything with “Re”. Done.

Ta tha da dha – everything, all the four can be represented by “Dha”, because, Tamil actually does the same thing. Everything that we say with “ta”, you do it with “dha”. And [again] the same thing, pa fa ba bha – “pa” becomes everything of that.

Now say, bharata bhagya vidhata. If you do this, bha-ra-ta – “bha” [is] “Pa”; ra is “Re”; bha-ra-ta – “ta” is again “Dha”. You have Pa Re Dha.

Then bha-gya vi-dha-ta – “bha” becomes “Pa”; “ga” is “Ga”; vidhata – [“va” or] “ba” is again “Pa”; [“dha” is] “Dha” and then “ta” is again “Dha”.

Bharata Bhagya Vidhata – it will sound like this: Pa Re Dha Pa Ga Pa Dha Dha.

If we transform a language, where you don’t have to speak the language, [but] you just sing it, then, [for] anyone who doesn’t know this, for them, it’s an encryption.

When you read The Aryabhata Clan, this is a very simple form of example where music can be actually used an encrypted code, [and] where nobody will get any head and tail out of it. You can have a scenario where spies are just singing, and the whole world is confused, what’s happening!
That’s about how music is used in this book. 

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