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album art Discarded Ramayana: Rama's Sandals on the Throne
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Released: Oct 17, 2006 | 3:40 PM
Category: World
Application: GarageBand
Loop Use: Some loops

File Type: .mp3
File Size: 5.18 MB

Plays: 3051
Downloads: 10
Weekly Plays: 2
Weekly Downloads: 0
Statistic reset day: Tuesday

License: No derivative works allowed
Previously the seventh track in my Ramayana project. Before King Dasharatha can crown Rama prince regent, his wiley second wife, Kaikeyi, forces the ruler to grant the two wishes he'd promised her years before... her desires are to see her son Bharata enthroned and Rama exiled for 14 years. Though it breaks his heart and rends his mind to comply, dharma —the unquestionable rules of conduct for each human being— gives him no option but to grant Kaikeyi's wishes. Rama graciously obeys, understanding dharma better than anyone in the epic, and takes his wife and half-brother Lakshmana into the forest to live as ascetics with him. Bharata, who was away during this tumult, arrives to discover his mother's reprensible actions; horrified, he races after Rama and begs him to return to Ayodhya, their city, and rule as is his destiny. Rama refuses, pointing to the demands of dharma.

Once Bharata sees that his brother will not return, he begs of him a gift: Rama's sandals. Bharata explains that he will 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'll never sit, but instead will place the sandals of its rightful lord.

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

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raisin427 Artist

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As always an excellent piece. I can actually see the story happening as I read along.
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thats what I like a nice simple set up- geez, u amaze me david.
cool low key tune after the sandskrit demons

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Thoroughly engaging. A dance of elegant compliance. Kaikeyi's venomous wish seems to be heard in the phased/flanged sounds licking out from the beat. Excellent texture.
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David,
Pardon me for missing a few of your latest. My loss!
Great track here! And as always I love your desriptions of what you post. That is art is much as the music!

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Always interesting music from you!!!beautiful work.!!!
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India.
Or, the uniting beauty with Asia.
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you are the eastern music guru! Great song as always!
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Another beautiful installment -- I could listen to this all night (and that might just well happen!).
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