The Critical Eye – Music meets mythology


Today’s prompt was “The Critical Eye – Write about the subject you usually blog about as if you were a music critic”.

Now, I have never written a music album review nor do I know enough about music to call myself a critic. But having said that, I do enjoy my music and this post will be an attempt to correlate some songs that I have enjoyed over the years to some mythological tales (subject that I usually blog about).

Please note that I am restricting myself to only a few tales and songs as both these subjects; mythology and music are quite vast by themselves. And another disclaimer is that this is an entirely tongue-in-cheek attempt to marry two vastly different topics – Indian mythology and Western rock/pop music. It should not be taken seriously by any stretch of imagination.


Mahabharatha – The episode of Khandava-daha (burning of the Khandava forest)

Agni, by virtue of consuming clarified butter (ghee) for an uninterrupted period of twelve years during the sacrifice conducted by King Swetaki, was completely satiated and could not drink butter again from anybody else’s hand or at any other sacrifice. Agni, therefore became pale, lost his color and could not shine again.

Agni’s situation reminded me of “Can’t stop this thing we started” by Bryan Adams where he inadvertently got into something that he had no control or couldn’t get out of.

Link to Soundcloud clip of this song

Mahabharatha – Yudhisthira’s plight after the game of dice

After the tumultuous and disturbing events of the game of dice where Yudhisthira managed to lose himself, his brothers, their common wife Draupadi, his kingdom and all his worldly possessions, he was completely distraught at this turn of events. His fondness for gambling and his inability to refuse a game of dice as it was considered bad manners and ‘adharmic’ (against the dharma) of a king, had resulted in this situation for his family.

One song which he probably would have mumbled at that point in time would be “Please forgive me” by Bryan Adams.

Link to Soundcloud clip of song

Ramayana – Rama’s rage at Ravana

After having killed Maricha in the form of a golden deer, when Rama and Lakshmana come back to their hut, they find Sita missing. And in the course of their search for her, they come across Jatayu who informs them that she has been kidnapped by Ravana, the king of Lanka.

I am quite sure that the song “Wanted: Dead or alive” by Bon Jovi would have resonated well with the duo at that moment.

Link to Soundcloud clip of song

Ramayana – Rama’s emotions at reaching the southern tip of India

After having reached the southernmost tip of the mainland on their way to Lanka, Rama and his advisors wanted to confirm if Sita was indeed being kept captive in the island nation. The long journey to reach where they were, the passage of time since she had been kidnapped, all of these distressed Rama quite a bit and he needed reassurances from Lakshmana and Hanuman.

My guess is that the Bon Jovi song “Livin on a prayer” would have pepped his sagging morale quite a bit, and helped him continue on his quest.

Link to Soundcloud clip of song


This post has been written for the WordPress Daily Prompts : 365 Writing Prompts where the idea is to publish at least one post a day based on the prompts provided.

Once again I repeat, this post was just my attempt at trying to infuse some ‘musical humor’, if I can call it that, into the above mentioned serious incidents from the Mahabharatha and the Ramayana. They are not meant to be taken seriously under any circumstances.

Please do let me know of other suitable songs for episodes / incidents from the great epics that you can think of in the comments.


11 thoughts on “The Critical Eye – Music meets mythology

  1. I like all the songs that you have mentioned. I also like how you have married them to instances from mythology. I don’t know if I was meant to, but I was smiling through this post. Interesting! How long did you take to compose this?

  2. You know you should do an audio book for children or something, picking up the these mythological instances and marrying them with the latest songs…kids would learn the stories as well as relate to them as well thanks to the songs 🙂

  3. Absolutely brilliant, Jairam and superbly creative. I am amazed and it takes a strike of genius to properly align the songs to the episodes in mythology. Music to the ears.
    Now, you got me an idea. When Lord Hanuman burnt Lanka, he started singing, Dekho 2000 Zamana Aa Gaya:)

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