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album art Ramayana 1: Four Sons
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Released: Nov 4, 2008 | 9:41 AM
Category: World
Application: GarageBand
Loop Use: Some loops

File Type: .mp3
File Size: 5.07 MB

Plays: 1654
Downloads: 5
Weekly Plays: 3
Weekly Downloads: 0
Statistic reset day: Tuesday

License: No derivative works allowed
The first piece 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/ ).

King Dasaratha, ruler of Ayodhya, is old and childless, though married to three beautiful women. Desperately yearning for a son, the king performs the Putrakameshti Yagna, a ritual sacrifice, seeking help from the gods. Hearing his plea, a god emerges from the holy sacrificial fire, bearing a bowl of payasam, a sort of gruel made with sweet milk, and asks Dasaratha to feed the mixture to his wives.

The distribution of this payasam is interesting: upon receiving the substance, Dasaratha goes to his second, but favorite wife, Kaikeyi. She however urges him first to give a share of the payasam to Kaushalya, the senior queen. Dasaratha goes to Kaushalya and leaves half the payasam with her, returning immediately to Kaikeyi. Even as Kaikeyi is about to partake of the payasam, Dasaratha is called away.

Kaikeyi knows that Dasaratha has not given any payasam to Sumitra. Kaushalya also suspects the youngest queen has been left out. Both Kaushalya and Kaikeyi go in turn to Sumitra, and give her portions from the payasam that the king left with them. Thus, although the King her husband gave Sumitra no payasam at all, she gets to have two portions of it, courtesy of her co-wives; she therefore becomes the mother of not one but two sons.

Queen Kaushalya gives birth to the eldest son, Rama; Bharata is born to Queen Kaikeyi; and the two sons born to Queen Sumitra are the twins Lakshmana and Shatrughna. The king and his wives are overjoyed, and the entire kingdom celebrates the arrival of four handsome sons.

What none of the royal family realizes, of course, is that Rama is the newest incarnation of the god Vishnu, who comes to earth every so often to restore balance. His brothers are incarnations of various tools and attendants of Vishnu. Together, they will fight and overthrow a great evil that threatens to leave even heaven itself in smoking ruins.

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A noble tune to a noble dynasty ! smiley
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cool piece David. thoroughly enjoyed!
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You are king of the world (genre)!!
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A beautiful melody -I love the flute and the overall feeling and athmosphere. very nice smiley
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Great story, and very entertaining well made music to go along with it. Nice one.

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Wonderful comp.
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Excellent tune. Really enjoyed the production and the sounds.

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A regal joyous celebration of youth bright eyed and parents fulfilled.
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malekey Artist

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Nice arrangement and great melody.... very enjoyable! The sounds come Apple World Jam Pack? At least the sound reminds me of that one...

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very interesting trip...love when it starts to pick up, lovely melody, great percussion, really just wonderful all around
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