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THE ORCHESTRA SINGS NYC

“Ram Tori Maya”

Reena Esmail

Student Participation: Recorder Star
Recorder Notes: (Opt. C#) D, E, F#, G, A, B, High D

The music below is like a chorus and verse of a Hindustani bhajan that repeats throughout the song. During the concert, watch the conductor for your cue to join in.

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“Ram Tori Maya”

Text

Ram tori maya, nach nachave
Nis din mera manva vyakul
Sumirat sudhi nahi ave
Jorat tori, neha sut mera
Nirvarat arujhave
Kehi bhidi bhajan karu more sahib
Barbas mohe satave
Ram tori maya, nach nachave

Translation

(Oh Lord*), these worldly distractions are making me dance to their tune.
Every day, my mind is so restless that I’m not finding the time to focus.
And without that focus, peace will not come to me.
My mind is like a child
And I have gotten entangled in that worldly attachment.
(Oh Lord*), when can I find the time to engage with you
When the mundane things are nagging at me?
(Oh Lord*), these worldly distractions are making me dance to their tune.

This reference is not literally religious, but an exclamation
that aspires to a higher purpose.

Audio

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Composer Bio

Reena Esmail

Reena Esmail (b. 1983) is an Indian American composer. Her primary instrument is the piano, and she also plays guitar and violin and sings Indian music. Esmail studied composition at The Juilliard School and Yale School of Music, and spent a year studying Hindustani classical music on a Fulbright ...

Reena Esmail (b. 1983) is an Indian American composer. Her primary instrument is the piano, and she also plays guitar and violin and sings Indian music. Esmail studied composition at The Juilliard School and Yale School of Music, and spent a year studying Hindustani classical music on a Fulbright scholarship in India. She writes music for orchestras, choirs, and chamber groups all over the country, including the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Seattle Symphony, and Kronos Quartet. Esmail loves bringing people from different cultures and communities together through her music. When she isn’t composing, she enjoys doing.

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