Here's another edition of Playlist Monday! I'm featuring the Playlist of Laxmi Hariharan's The Destiny of Shaitan! Enjoy the music guys~
The Destiny of Shaitan’s theme song is Sting’s Desert Rose featuring Cheb Mami. Haunting lyrics, sweeping vision, Sting’s drive across the desert in search of himself to the accompaniment of Cheb Mami’s unforgettable chanting will forever in many ways define my unending quest for myself and I think has influenced Tiina’s character too
Miles Davis—Stella by Starlight. Beautiful, moves me to tears every night. Brings visions of the sweet scent of jasmine of warm nights which touch my skin turning it to a rough-smooth concoction of sweat & dust. It’s moody at heart perhaps like how Tiina is, torn inside.
Chamak Challo—song from the Bollywood movie Ra.one featuring Akon. Pure joie-de-voivre, fun, cheeky & lively. Absolutely captures the spirit of what Tiina wants to be perceived as from the outside.
Hollaback Girl—by Gwen. Gwen Stefani is one of my absolute favourite artists and an inspiration for the free-spirited, follow-your-heart, cannot-resist-a-dare Tiina. This track represents many aspects of the novel too; cool, fast-paced, action oriented, yet grounded in strong beats, with many depths to explore. I think Tiina's personal look is reflected in Gwen Stefani's Eastern inspired (bindi wearing, Harajuku fashion sporting, inward looking) style. In the song titled "Magic's in the Makeup" for No Doubt's Return of Saturn, the lyrics go "If the magic's in the makeup/Then who am I?" You could say that is Tiina's quest too, to find who she is.
The other songs on The Destiny of Shaitan playlist include:
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s Mastt Mastt. It’s a spiritual love song talking about the love for the one above us all—yet also a tribute to beauty. (Artemis’ song for Tiina)
O Saya by MIA & A R Rahman from Slumdog Millionaire. This is Rai’s song for his growing up years in Bombay.
Yudi’s song—Nirvana’s Come as you are from Nevermind. Confused, conflicted, yet lingeringly melodic.
James Blunt’s You’re beautiful, Guns ‘n Roses, November Rain, Meat Loaf’s I’ll do anything for love, but I won’t do that. Now you know I am a romantic at heart. (Rai’s song)
Pink Floyd’s We don’t need no Education. I loved it at sixteen I’ll still love it at sixty. An anthem song for my non-conformist soul. (to play when Tiina, Yudi & Rai are together at the Academy of half lives)
Numb—by U2 from Zooropa, this is the song I imagine playing on the return journey from Saturn to Arkana. (The song that would play in the very last scene....)
Karsh Kale’s heart-pounding, dream-time vision Liberation. Combines modern electronica with ancient Indian raagas (music notes) Karsh is a New York based musician who produces music at the confluence of Electronica / Fusion / Progressive. Like my life :)
Michael Jackson’s Bille Jean. Just awesome, it covers love, loss & everything in between and in such a stylised fashion.
A R Rahman’s Jai Ho, from Slumdog Millionaire. An anthem of victory of the underdog.
Hope you guys enjoyed the music!
"The Destiny of Shaitan is mind blowing, dark, humourous, and clever. It took me on a powerful journey inwards, which was a surprise as I'm not generally drawn to scifi or fantasy. I love the scene where the planet is covered with water and Yudi rescues Tiina. It's core message is Unity. I believe it will appeal to people across all ages." Sonia Ducie Dip.CSN.AIN, Numerologist, Author 11 Numerology books.When Yudi, Tiina & Rai embark on a mission to save the universe, they come up against the ruthless Shaitan who is determined to stop them at any cost. But they soon realise they have a bigger enemy - themselves. So they must learn to trust each other and overcome their fears as they fight their way towards the ultimate showdown.Partially set in a dystopian Bombay of the future, The Destiny of Shaitan is a coming of age story, painted against the backdrop of a post-apocalyptic world.Yudi, Tiina and Rai are destined to come together, for they are the Chosen Ones. It falls to them to save the universe from the powerful Shaitan, who is terrifying, and utterly merciless. Driven by greed, and fear for his own survival, Shaitan bulldozes his way through the galaxy, destroying anything that gets in his path, including his lovers and his own children. The battle between the Chosen Ones and Shaitan is a classic, epic encounter. Hated and feared by all, Shaitan must win this fight to keep his power. The stakes are high, the combatants are determined, and no matter what the outcome their lives will be changed for all time.