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Words Of Our Ancestors

by Sameer Gupta



I am releasing this work with my deepest respect to the sources of my inspiration. Apologies for any offense I may unknowingly create. I hope you can find a deeper understanding of these speeches through multiple deep listens to their paired raga alaaps. Having both together has helped me revisit these words many times, and consequently, gain a much deeper understanding. If you enjoy the Ragas, I hope you will meditate on the words. If you love the speeches, I hope the ragas will become familiar to you.


released February 5, 2021

Drumset, Tabla, Programming: Sameer Gupta
Editing, Mixing, Mastering: Sameer Gupta

Featuring samples by

1) Muhammad Ali and Buddadev Dasgupta
2) Angela Davis and Ali Akbar Khan mixed with Buddhaditya Mukherjee
3) Isaac Asimov and Hariprasad Chaurasia mixed with Sultan Khan
4) James Baldwin and Ram Narayan mixed with U Srinivas
5) Martin Luther King Jr and Nikhil Banerjee
6) J Krishnamurti and Hariprasad Chaurasia mixed with Nikhil Banerjee


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Sameer Gupta New York, New York

Sameer Gupta is known as one of the few percussionists simultaneously representing the traditions of American jazz on drum set and Indian classical music on tabla. By combining traditional and modern improvisational styles drawing from his Indian heritage and American roots, Gupta has already established himself as an original musical voice in jazz, world, and fusion music. ... more

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