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The Namesake

The Namesake

by Jhumpa Lahiri

That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.


Jhumpa Lahiri. Photo courtesy of David Loudon.

Written by Adam Kampe and Josephine Reed. Produced by Adam Kampe at the National Endowment for the Arts, 2013.

Executive Producer: Josephine Reed

All excerpts from The Namesake (2003) by Jhumpa Lahiri are used with the permission of Mariner Books, a division of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.

Music Credits

Excerpts of "Rag Saraswati" and "Rag Jog" by Ustad Imrat Khan with Shafaat Miadaad Khan, from Sitar and Surbahar: Indian Music for Meditation and Love (1992), used courtesy of Lyrichord Discs, Inc.

Excerpts of the following used courtesy of ACT Records:

  • "Desiring" and "Patterns" composed and performed by Vijay Iyer, from his album, Solo (2010).
  • "Duality," "Tirtha," and "Abundance," composed by Vijay Iyer and "Tribal Wisdom," "Entropy and Time," and "Falsehood," composed by Prasanna. All compositions performed by Vijay Iyer with Prasanna and Nitin Mitta from the album, Tirtha (2011).
  • "Optimism" composed by Vijay Iyer and performed by the Vijay Iyer Trio from the album, Accelerando (2012).

Compositions by Prasanna used by permission of Susila Music (ASCAP) and those by Vijay Iyer used by permission of ACT Publishing (SESAC).

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