Various Artists - A Suitable Boy (Original Television Soundtrack)

A Suitable Boy (Original Television Soundtrack)

Various Artists

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Various Artists - A Suitable Boy (Original Television Soundtrack)

Based on Vikram Seth’s epic novel that follows the fortunes of four families in 1950s India, the six-part series was directed by Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding, Salaam Bombay!) and adapted for the screen by Andrew Davies (War and Peace, Pride and Prejudice). The series was created by an almost exclusively all Indian cast and crew and main roles feature Tanya Maniktala (Lata), Ishaan Khatter (Maan), Tabu (Saida Bai), Mahira Kakkar (Mrs Rupa Mehra), Danesh Razvi (Kabir), Namit Das (Haresh), Mikhail Sen (Amit).

A Suitable Boy tells the story of spirited university student Lata Mehra as she comes of age in North India in 1951, at the same time as the country is carving out its own identity as an independent nation and is about to go to the polls for its first democratic general election.

The series was produced by the award-winning London studio Lookout Point and is currently available to watch on BBC iPlayer in the UK, and on Netflix in all global territories, except Canada, the U.S. and China. The DVD will be available from 26th October.

The score was composed by Alex Heffes with Anoushka Shankar, world renowned sitar player. Previously working with Mira Nair on her 2016 Disney Film Queen Of Katwe, Alex knew how important the music score is to her. Says Alex of his work with Mira “music flows throughout Vikram Seth’s book so we discussed very early on how to tie the original score into the very authentic music world of India that had been captured on screen and how to create a musical language for the score that weaves between the world of Classical Indian music and the world of film music… careful consideration was given to how to integrate orchestra into the Indian musical world, often having to learn to follow the phrasing and bending of the sitar.”

In search of character’s music themes, Alex arranged experimental sessions with some of the UK’s best classical Indian performers, combining tabla, mridangam, kanjeera, ghatam and many other percussion instruments with bansuri (Classical Indian flute), tanbura and the sitar. Early on, the decision was made that the sitar would be Lata’s ‘voice’. Says Anoushka “It felt important to establish Lata’s theme early on, and Alex and I found an organic collaboration on this piece. I first sent him an idea for the main theme, knowing it would have the scope to be played and orchestrated in both intimate and sweeping, joyful and sorrowful settings, and Alex immediately understood and it developed so beautifully.“ For Kabir they used the bansuri, played by acclaimed indian performer Ashwin Srinivasan and for the character of Amit, the solo violinist Philippe Honoré provided the musical voice. For suitor number three, Haresh, a variety of pitched Indian classical percussion such as clay pots, mangeera (hand cymbals), ghungroos and morsing (jaw harp) was employed, played by percussionist Sanket Naik.

Says Mira Nair “The three of us (Mira, Anoushka and Alex) approached several Indian artistes. Ashwin Srinivasan, the great flutist, plays throughout the soundtrack. Namit Das, who also acts as Haresh Khanna in A Suitable Boy, is an extraordinary singer who composed the boatman’s song as the lovers crossed the Ganges. Gagan Dev Riar, who also acts in A Suitable Boy, made a beautiful song of longing for the widow in the village scenes. We were lucky to get the great maestro, Ustad Shujaat Husain Khan, the son of the legendary Ustad Vilayat Khan, to perform ‘Jhinjhoti’ and ‘Khamaj’ on screen in two concerts. The syncretic nature between traditional Indian sound and the Islamic influences that had arrived through Iran, Turkey, and Pakistan, which was then called India; all of this confluence can be experienced in the music of A Suitable Boy.”

Executive Producers on the series were Andrew Davies, Mira Nair and Vikram Seth; Faith Penhale, Laura Lankester and Will Johnston for Lookout Point; Lydia Dean Pilcher and Aradhana Seth (who also produce); and Mona Qureshi and Ayela Butt for the BBC. The series, which is being distributed by BBC Studios, was filmed at a number of locations across India including Lucknow and Maheshwar.

A Suitable Boy soundtrack is digitally released by Silva Screen Records on 23rd October, with
CD release on 27th November

Tracklisting

CD Album (SILCD1631)
    1. Alex Heffes with Anoushka Shankar - Prologue
    2. Alex Heffes with Anoushka Shankar - Lata's Theme
    3. Alex Heffes with Anoushka Shankar - Your Sister, My Brother
    4. Alex Heffes with Anoushka Shankar - You too Will Marry a Boy I Choose
    5. Kavita Seth - Lutf woh ishq mein
    6. Kavita Seth - Mehfil barkhaast hui
    7. Alex Heffes - Smitten Kitten (Meenakshi's Theme)
    8. Alex Heffes with Anoushka Shankar - Holi
    9. Bombay Brass - Quegdevelim Sunset
    10. Alex Heffes with Anoushka Shankar - No Time, Lover, or Friend
    11. Shujaat Husain Khan - Raag Khamaaj
    12. Alex Heffes with Anoushka Shankar - There is No Harm in Dawn
    13. Namit Das with Alex Heffes and Anoushka Shankar - The Floating Temple
    14. Alex Heffes - Pillow Talk
    15. Alex Heffes with Anoushka Shankar - Let's Go Away / I Never Want to See You Again
    16. Kavita Seth - Na-rawa kahiye
    17. Alex Heffes with Anoushka Shankar - What Happened & Maan Delirium
    18. Kavita Seth - Muddat Hui Hai
    19. Alex Heffes with Anoushka Shankar - Kabir's Letter
    20. Alex Heffes - Unsuitable Tango
    1. Alex Heffes with Anoushka Shankar - The Railway Theme
    2. Alex Heffes - One Loves You
    3. Alex Heffes - Your Parakeet is Well?
    4. Alex Heffes with Anoushka Shankar - Are You Making Fun of Me?
    5. Alex Heffes - Farewell to Rasheed
    6. Alex Heffes with Anoushka Shankar - Are You A Lipstick Girl?
    7. Alex Heffes with Anoushka Shankar - Are We French Now?
    8. Kavita Seth - Dil-e-Nadaan
    9. Alex Heffes with Anoushka Shankar - Make Lata Love Me
    10. Alex Heffes with Anoushka Shankar - I Can Make Any Shoe
    11. Alex Heffes - Think Beyond Your Friends
    12. Alex Heffes - Fluke of a Catch
    13. Alex Heffes - Christmas In Prahapore
    14. Alex Heffes - Free India's First Election
    15. Shujaat Husain Khan - Raag Jhinjhoti
    16. Anoushka Shankar - Raag Lalit
    17. Alex Heffes and Kavita Seth - Maan In Turmoil
    18. Alex Heffes - Loss
    19. Alex Heffes - The Fever Bird
    20. Alex Heffes with Anoushka Shankar - Maan In Prison
    21. Alex Heffes - An Unfortunate Accident
    22. Alex Heffes with Anoushka Shankar - Love Has Run Its Course (Mehfil Barkhaast Hui Duet)
    23. Alex Heffes with Anoushka Shankar - A Suitable Boy
    24. Alex Heffes with Anoushka Shankar - Lata Chooses Her Suitable Boy
    25. Alex Heffes with Anoushka Shankar - Monkey Wisdom
    Download Album (SILED1631)
      1. Alex Heffes with Anoushka Shankar - Prologue
      2. Alex Heffes with Anoushka Shankar - Lata's Theme
      3. Alex Heffes with Anoushka Shankar - Your Sister, My Brother
      4. Alex Heffes with Anoushka Shankar - You too Will Marry a Boy I Choose
      5. Kavita Seth - Lutf woh ishq mein
      6. Kavita Seth - Mehfil barkhaast hui
      7. Alex Heffes - Smitten Kitten (Meenakshi's Theme)
      8. Alex Heffes with Anoushka Shankar - Holi
      9. Bombay Brass - Quegdevelim Sunset
      10. Alex Heffes with Anoushka Shankar - No Time, Lover, or Friend
      11. Shujaat Husain Khan - Raag Khamaaj
      12. Alex Heffes with Anoushka Shankar - There is No Harm in Dawn
      13. Namit Das with Alex Heffes and Anoushka Shankar - The Floating Temple
      14. Alex Heffes - Pillow Talk
      15. Alex Heffes with Anoushka Shankar - Let's Go Away / I Never Want to See You Again
      16. Kavita Seth - Na-rawa kahiye
      17. Alex Heffes with Anoushka Shankar - What Happened & Maan Delirium
      18. Kavita Seth - Muddat Hui Hai
      19. Alex Heffes with Anoushka Shankar - Kabir's Letter
      20. Alex Heffes - Unsuitable Tango
      1. Alex Heffes with Anoushka Shankar - The Railway Theme
      2. Alex Heffes - One Loves You
      3. Alex Heffes - Your Parakeet is Well?
      4. Alex Heffes with Anoushka Shankar - Are You Making Fun of Me?
      5. Alex Heffes - Farewell to Rasheed
      6. Alex Heffes with Anoushka Shankar - Are You A Lipstick Girl?
      7. Alex Heffes with Anoushka Shankar - Are We French Now?
      8. Kavita Seth - Dil-e-Nadaan
      9. Alex Heffes with Anoushka Shankar - Make Lata Love Me
      10. Alex Heffes with Anoushka Shankar - I Can Make Any Shoe
      11. Alex Heffes - Think Beyond Your Friends
      12. Alex Heffes - Fluke of a Catch
      13. Alex Heffes - Christmas In Prahapore
      14. Alex Heffes - Free India's First Election
      15. Shujaat Husain Khan - Raag Jhinjhoti
      16. Anoushka Shankar - Raag Lalit
      17. Alex Heffes and Kavita Seth - Maan In Turmoil
      18. Alex Heffes - Loss
      19. Alex Heffes - The Fever Bird
      20. Alex Heffes with Anoushka Shankar - Maan In Prison
      21. Alex Heffes - An Unfortunate Accident
      22. Alex Heffes with Anoushka Shankar - Love Has Run Its Course (Mehfil Barkhaast Hui Duet)
      23. Alex Heffes with Anoushka Shankar - A Suitable Boy
      24. Alex Heffes with Anoushka Shankar - Lata Chooses Her Suitable Boy
      25. Alex Heffes with Anoushka Shankar - Monkey Wisdom