tabla, keyboards, vocals, udu drums and swarmandal
Beauty in Diversity
Imagine for a moment that all of humankind looked the same - the same color skin, eyes, hair. Imagine that all the plants, flowers, trees were the same color and everywhere people ate the same food, spoke the same language, listened to the same music and all the birds and butterflies were identical...
THERE IS BEAUTY IN DIVERSITY !
Dedicated to the memory of Babaji (Shri Suryakant V. Limaye) 1919-1986
1. Beauty In Diversity (7:20)
2. Reflective-Self (6:21)
3. Bhakti Shakti (6:21)
4. Flutes Are All I Need (4:32)
This piece I dedicate with love and reverence to the memory of Babaji (Shri Suryakant V. Limaye), Indias greatest bansuri-maker, who was my mentor and friend. In this piece, Itry to show the versatility of the bansuri (bamboo-flute) by using it as a percussion instrument, an instrument for percussive effects, as a drone and as a bansuri itself. It features three bansuris recorded on eight tracks.
5. Nisreyas (6:03)
6. Cinderella In India Theme
I wrote this melody in 1987 for a dance-drama staged by a community dance company in Cape Town, South Africa. The story of Cinderella was depicted in Indian dance forms and was choreographed by Kumari Savitri and performed by the Vadhini Dance Company. This theme was quite popular at the time and it was my first project as a composer, and my first experience in a recording studio.
7. Dance With Lord Krishna (4:23)
8. Midnight Invocation (4:05)
9. Sacred Twilight (4:32)
Dedicated to my master Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia.
10. Aarti (4:41)
This is a melody of a traditional Hindu hymn.
Nisreyas (traditional), arranged by Rabin Ram and Deepak Ram
Produced by Deepak Ram
Executive Producer: Ates M. Temeltas
Recording Engineer: Benjamin Grant DePauw
Assistant Engineer: Robin Livingston
Recorded and mixed at Conscious Sound Productions
in San Rafael, California between 22-25 May and 29-31 May 2002
Mixed by Deepak Ram and Benjamin Grant DePauw
Graphic Design by Siir Ozbilge - siirozbilge.com
Cover photograph by Juan Espi
Deepak Ram plays flutes made by the late Shri Suryakant V.
Limaye of Mumbai, India and by Raim Seligmann of Sauve, France.