Mick Jaggar Pays Tribute to India With Sanskrit Lyrics
Now Sir Michael Phillip Jaggar—yes, he’s also a knight—has expanded his cultural horizons by crooning a few lines in Sanskrit for his new single Satyameva Jayate, which translates into truth alone triumphs.
The number will be performed by Jaggar’s new band SuperHeavy, which consists of Mick Jagger, Dave Stewart, Joss Stone, Damian Marley, and A. R. Rahman. The band’s formation was announced on 20 May 2011. According to Jaggar, “we wanted a convergence of different musical styles. We were always overlapping styles, but they were nevertheless separate”.
SuperHeavy was specifically created to explore and showcase different musical styles, with music ranging from reggae to ballads to different Indian genres.
Satyameva Jayate is the second single the band has released. The first, Miracle Worker, released in July is already a summer hit. Satyameva Jayate specifically focuses on India and its independence. It will be part of SuperHeavy’s first untitled album, which hits stores on September 19th.
The song is an original AR Rahman composition, although Sunil D’Sa of Universal India, is careful to point out it’s not a patriotic song.
Both Rahman and Jaggar will sing the English and Sanskrit lyrics while the other band members work within the confines of the Queen’s English.
Jaggar has already been applauded by many for tackling this difficult task. Distinguished U.S. Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, the president of the Universal Society of Hinduism, said, “we salute Mick Jagger and his group for experimenting in Sanskrit, and we urge other popular singers and groups to also bring this ancient language to a new generation. “
“This is historic… it is iconic in a way. I hope people will like it,” says Jaggar. Whatever his motivations, Jaggar has certainly proved that this Rolling Stone gathers no moss.