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album art Ramayana 3: The Broken Bow
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Released: Nov 5, 2010 | 7:24 PM
Category: Classical
Application: GarageBand
Loop Use: No loops

File Type: .mp3
File Size: 5.05 MB

Plays: 5654
Downloads: 13
Weekly Plays: 1
Weekly Downloads: 0
Statistic reset day: Friday

License: No derivative works allowed
Track 3 in my Ramayana series, a musical interpretation of India's greatest epic. (The complete first volume is available at http://davidbowles.us/music/ramayana-volume-1/ ).

After Rama and Lakshmana have overcome the demons who opposed his sacrifice, Vishwamitra�rather than sending the princes home�takes a side-trip to the nearby kingdom of Mithila, where Sita, the only daughter of King Janaki, is about to undergo her Swayamvara: the ceremony at which a crowd of suitors strive to prove their worth to her in hopes that she will pick one of them as her husband.

The challenge for these bachelors is to string the bow of Shiva and shoot an arrow with it. This task is considered impossible for any ordinary man: we're talking about the personal weapon of Shiva, more powerful and holy than any other. Most suitors cannot even lift the mighty bow from its resting place.

Young Rama, not yet 16, seeing Sita for the first time is utterly smitten. No words are needed: when their eyes met, everyone else fades into nothing. For, you see, Sita is the incarnation of Lakshmi, Vishnu's eternal consort, and while neither of them remembers their previous existences as gods, their essence calls out to each other.

For Rama, the decision is simple. He steps to the bow and, to the amazement of all, lifts it with relative ease. While attempting to string the bow, in fact, Rama breaks the weapon in two. This feat of strength spreads his fame across the worlds and seals his marriage to Sita.

The art is from Sanjay Patel's Divine Loophole, a gorgeous children's version of the Ramayana. Patel is a Pixar artist, and I recommend his work highly!

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ShadowofNine Artist

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Superb in every way, awesome track...
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Oh David!!!!!!!!
What a beauty
Ty for sharing
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Awesome work and listen ! smiley
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Regal. Subtle determination. Sweet love.
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Not much to say here - you have said everything clearly!! BEAUTIFUL PIECE!!!
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