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album art Ramayana 4: Bitter Boons
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Released: Nov 6, 2010 | 6:48 PM
Category: World
Application: GarageBand
Loop Use: Some loops

File Type: .mp3
File Size: 4.5 MB

Plays: 5642
Downloads: 8
Weekly Plays: 0
Weekly Downloads: 0
Statistic reset day: Saturday

License: No derivative works allowed
Track 4 of my Ramayana project; at this point, the music begins to take on a modern feel (a thread continued in tracks 5 and 6).

Though she loved Rama as her own son, King Dasaratha's second wife, Kaikeyi, looked upon the firstborn son with certain sinking dread. Her own father had exiled her mother when she was little, and well she understood how fickle men, even kings, could be.

When Dasaratha announced his intention to crown Rama prince regent and step down from the the throne, Kaikeyi was a little shocked. She knew Rama was Dasaratha's favorite, but many years ago, when he'd married her due to the barrenness of his first wife, Rama's mother Kausalya, Dasaratha had promised Ashwapati, Kaikeyi's father, than her son would rule the kingdom of Kosala. Her wicked nurse, Manthara, who had been feeding Kaikeyi's fear of rejection for years, urged her to use the two boons that the king had granted her years before when she'd saved his life on the battlefield. She'd been saving up those wishes for a time she really needed them, and Manthara told her exactly what to demand.

Not knowing how literally she was about to break the old king's heart, Kaikeyi stood before him and demanded her boons: first, her son Bharata would be crowned prince regent; second, Rama would be exiled for 14 years, long enough to ensure that Bharata's hold on the kingdom was secure.

Everyone was appalled at her demands: the king fell to his knees, begging for her to retract them; her own son spat in her face; her sister wives wept bitter tears.

Only Rama kissed her gently, saying it was his dharma to obey, affirming that he loved her, calling her mother. He insisted that the king be guided by dharma: his word had to be upheld, his promises kept.

As Kaikeyi's plans for her son wreaked havoc around her, she shuddered at the destructive power of those bitter boons.

The art is from Sanjay Patel's The 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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alexevar Artist

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Garageband is a great instrument in your hands. Cool ya. @.evar
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MusicLeft Artist

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Wonderful work David!!
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Yes, yes! Great stuff! I love what you did the GB instruments!
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Awesome series David, totally enjoyable...
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Thanks, guys. Half of the instuments are SwarPlug, however.
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Yes, you certainly are creating some fantastic pieces in these final ones. This is suburb. Wonderful flow of beat, mood, grace, and imagery. Love this one, especially.
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C'est captivant !!!

Great song, David smiley

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It definitely captures the feel of the story...
Beautifully done.
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