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Released: Nov 12, 2010 | 10:11 PM
Category: World
Application: GarageBand
Loop Use: Some loops

File Type: .mp3
File Size: 7.06 MB

Plays: 4231
Downloads: 8
Weekly Plays: 1
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Statistic reset day: Friday

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The seventh track in Ramayana, a musical interpretation of the Hindu epic.

Rama has graciously obeyed Queen Kaikeyi's wish for his banishment, understanding dharma better than anyone in the epic, and has taken his wife and half-brother Lakshmana into the forest to live as ascetics with him. Though his exile precipitated his father's death, Rama does not return to the land of his birth during the 14 years that Kaikeyi has asked for him to remain away.

Bharata, who was away during this tumult, arrived to discover his mother's reprensible actions; horrified, he raced after Rama—accompanied by most of his new subjects—and begged him to return to Ayodhya, their city, and rule as was his destiny. Rama refused, pointing to the demands of dharma.

Once Bharata saw that his brother would not return, he begged of him a gift: Rama's sandals. Bharata explained that he would only act as a temporary regent during the 14 years of Rama's exile, governing not from Ayodhya, but a nearby village. On the throne of their kingdom he never sat, but instead placed the sandals of its rightful lord before it, awaiting his return.

For a decade and a half, those sandals will occupy that symbolic place of authority, awaiting the return of their owner...

This piece substitutes the earlier "Rama's Sandals on the Throne." The first movement is Bharata's song of longing, which is echoed in the second movement by the common people of Kosala in the second movement, and finally by the entire world.

Then the composition moves to Rama, living a hermit's life in the Ayodhya Hills with his wife and brother Lakshmana; he hears his people's lament, and his kingly theme emerges from the contemplative silence, a promise of his impending return.

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pharmakeus Artist

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Another splendid and superbly intelligent job
I love your blurbs!
I read the Ramayana when I was like 28, now you remind me of spectacular moments
Complex and often enervating as suits the adventure
p.s. You're Ramayana series seriously is,. ahem, "epic"
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A splendid piece of music this is.
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Mosaica Artist

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I hear quite a melting pot of sounds here - some western (the stately rhythms), some oriental and of course much central Asian. Beautifully constructed and crafted to my ears.
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Awesome piece of music. Enjoyed very much.
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@Mosaica, definitely what I have been trying for on some of these tracks. We don't actually know what ancient Indian music sounded like, but we do have a good idea of the basics ancient Sumerian, Greek and Egyptian music... and it doesn't quite work for the larger-than-life cinematic quality that Westerners expect from epic works, so infusing those traditions with ours creates a more palatable hybrid, I think.
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Another great addition to the series.
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LaFayette Artist

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Fine piece of music, David.

Good to my ears, relaxing smiley

Thx

- LaFayette
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Little_Hooligan Listener A melange of influences and I especially liked the undercurrent of tablas in there.
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Very well done... I've done some research on ancient African instruments and they did have enough for an orchestra. So depending on the time frame from Africa to South Asia things would've sounded very similar from language to music I'm sure. So with the Greeks learning at African colleges I don't think your songs fusion of all these cultures is that big of a stretch after all.
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@hiphopmoses: cool! And since this is mythical time, anyhow, I guess I can take nutty liberties if I want, heh.
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I couldn't stop listening, or reading the intro. What an awesome piece! Loved every single second.. =))
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Awesome work ! This series is really a joy to listen! smiley
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