This piano rendition of ‘Jana Gana Mana’ is the most viewed National Anthem video ever
Independence Day is just a few days away and we love the feeling that comes with it. We can never deny that it gives us goosebumps when we see our flag getting hoisted and it brings out the undying love that we have for our country. the feeling is truly unmatched and it is a proud moment for all of us Indians on every 15th of August.
Now, the video which has been doing the rounds on social media is this beautiful rendition of our national anthem Jana Gana Mana, which has already been viewed 41 million times within 9 days of its upload on YouTube.
It is a piano version of our national anthem which has been aptly named #IWouldStandForThis and it has been played on the world’s grandest concert piano, the flagship Steinway Model D by Mumbai-based songwriter and pianist, Shayan Italia.
Shayan approached Anthony Gomes to record the song on the piano but he did not know about the fact that Gomes had sold one of those to his mother 20 years ago. Shayan’s mother lost her life fighting the deadly disease of cancer and he dedicated the video to her.
Proud to pay this tribute to India and to my mother’s memory, the #IndianNationalAnthem. This is close to my heart – launching the #IWouldStandForThis global initiative: https://t.co/32osHcw40W @narendramodi @makeinindia #JanaGanaMana #RabindranathTagore #CancerAwareness #India pic.twitter.com/QqqXEgmqzk
— Shayan Italia (@ShayanItalia) August 4, 2018
“The video is my way of paying tribute to my mother who I lost to cancer as well as to my mother country. My mother was a very jovial person and before she succumbed to cancer, she gave me a simple piano as a parting gift as she knew that I loved music. Another motivating factor was my uncle who used to work with the Indian National Army.”
When asked that why he chose Jana Gana Mana and not any other song, Shayan told Outlook India:
“India is going through trying, divisive times as never before. The singular aim is to bring all of India together in the next two weeks to celebrate our great country’s most celebrated treasure — Jana Gana Mana.”
Here’s a look at the extraordinary video: