As India celebrates its 76th Independence Day, a wish from across the border is winning the hearts of netizens. Siyal Khan, a Pakistani rabab player, posted a video of him playing the Indian national anthem. Rabab is a stringed instrument, similar to the lute. It is very popular in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Kashmir.
In the video, Siyal Khan performs the ‘Jana Gana Mana’ on his rabab with serene mountains and greenery as a backdrop.
“Here’s a gift for my viewers across the border,” he wrote, posting the video.
Here is a gift for my viewers across the border. ???????????????? pic.twitter.com/apEcPN9EnN
— Siyal Khan (@siyaltunes) August 14, 2022
“Happy #IndependenceDay India. I tried the national anthem of India as a sign of friendship and goodwill for peace, tolerance and good relations between us. #IndependenceDay2022 (sic)”, added the musician.
The video has gone viral and already has over 790,000 views and 46,000 likes on Twitter.
People from India and Pakistan praised the beautiful performance.
Salute to the spirit and feelings behind this melodious composition.. ???????????? https://t.co/HDnEGaiLBT
— HGS Dhaliwal (@hgsdhaliwalips) August 15, 2022
Nice way to send Independence Day greetings to our next door neighbors in India. https://t.co/XcxdVFDySH
— احمد بلال محبوب AhmedBilalMehboob (@ABMPildat) August 15, 2022
Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Modi hoisted the national flag at Delhi’s Red Fort and addressed the nation for the ninth consecutive time.
The ceremony on August 15 this year was particularly significant as it marks the 75th anniversary of India’s independence, with the government launching a host of events to add verve around the celebration.