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Sarabhai // Father India


My Dada’s nickname was “Sarabhai,” which is Gujarati for "Good Brother." With his death this year, his name took on a new meaning: good farmer of his land in Ghayaj, good storyteller to his friends and strangers, good teacher to his three children and seven grandchildren, good husband to his wife and best friend of over 50 years, and, most importantly, good to his beliefs.

The mix has four parts, each reflecting upon my grandfather's journey and, ultimately, the divine spirit of India.

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Part I: An Ancient Way
1) Penn Masala - "Jana Gana Mana"
2) Anoushka Shankar - "Naked"
3) The State of Bengal - "Padma Nodi"
4) Mychael Danna - "Thank You Krishna For Introducing Me To Christ / Orphans"
5) Nitin Sawhney - "Mausam"
6) Kaya Project - "65 Percent"
7) Talvin Singh & Niladri Kumar - "Threads"
8) Karsh Kale - "Avalanche"

Part II: The Evaporating Grace
9) Michael Stearns - "Ladakh"
10) Penn Masala - "Tanha Dil / Otherside"
11) Nitin Sawhney feat. Ashwin Srinivasan - "Daydream"
12) Herbie Hancock feat. K.S. Chithra, Chaka Khan, Anoushka Shankar, and Wayne Shorter - "The Song Goes On"
13) Bombay Dub Orchestra - "The Berber Of Seville Orchestral Version (Father Mackay's Celestial Vision)"
14) Lisa Gerrard, Marcello De Francisci - "War Machine"
15) Anoushka Shankar & Karsh Kale - "Ghost Story"
16) Mychael Danna - "Tiger Vision"

Part III: The Empyrean Crossing
17) A.R. Rahman - "Warriors of Heaven and Earth"
18) Zakir Hussain & Kala Ramnath - "Ragini"
19) Dredg - "Brushstroke: An Elephant In The Delta Waves"
20) Madhushree, Vijay Prakash & Ashutosh Gowariker - "Pal Pal Hai Bhaari"
21) DJ Cheb I Sabbah - "Devotion"
22) Rekha Bhardwaj, Kishori Amonkar, Shrraddha Pandit & Sujata Mazumder - "Aarti (Tumre Bhavan Mein)"

Part IV: Reincarnated Rising
23) Bombay Dub Orchestra - "The Great Silence"
24) The Beatles - "Here Comes The Sun / The Inner Light"
25) Mychael Danna and Bombay Jayashri - "Set Your House In Order"
26) Tabla Beat Science - "Devotional"
27) Kaya Project - "Desert Phase"
28) A.R. Rahman, Sreenivas & Chorus - "Chale Chalo"
29) Talvin Singh & Niladri Kumar - "Ananta"
30) The State of Bengal - "Kon Ek Pakhi / Some Bird"
31) DJ Cheb I Sabbah - "Ali Maulaah (Janaka Selekta's Sufi HiFi Remix)"
32) Karsh Kale - "Sunbeam"
33) Fun Da Mental - "Shri Durga (The Organic Science Mix)"
34) Gold Panda - "Quitters Raga"
35) Midival Punditz - "Electric Universe (Acoustic)"

Artwork: "Entangling Vines" by Nick Pedersen

Thanks! Music takes me to a place of catharsis, which in this case helped me organize the spoken and unspoken memories of my Dada. I hope you were also able to transform your loss into something positive.