Satyameva Jayate

Album: SuperHeavy (2011)

Songfacts®:

  • This is the second single released by SuperHeavy, a supergroup consisting of Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, Eurythmics founder Dave Stewart, white soul singer-songwriter Joss Stone, Indian musician and producer A.R. Rahman and reggae artist Damian Marley. The song title is the national motto of India, which literally translates as "Truth Alone Triumphs." It was released on August 9, 2011 and premiered exclusively on Radio Mirchi 98.3 FM across twenty-two Indian cities, a week before India's Independence Day on August 15, 2011.
  • The song was composed by Rahman to have an Indian feel whilst Jagger sings in Sanskrit. The other three band members also contribute.
  • Rahman wrote the song after some gentle teasing from the others. The Indian composer explained, "In the daytime I was playing with them, in the night time and evenings I was gigging" "Then", added Jagger, "He didn't come into the studio one day, so I said, 'Where's A.R?' and he came in really late at night, really pleased saying, 'I've got my song!' I manage one line in Urdu, only one!"

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