New Delhi: Wishes have poured in from around the world as India celebrated the 76th Independence Day on Monday. A special tribute came from Pakistan by a professional rabab player, who tweeted a video of himself playing the national anthem, “Jana Gan Mana” on August 14.
Sitting at a picturesque location, Siyal Khan plays the national anthem on his rabab — a lute-like string instrument — which is a popular musical instrument in many places like Pakistan, Afghanistan and Kashmir. He shared the video on his Youtube and Twitter handle presenting it as “a gift to his viewers from across the border”.
Here’s a gift for my viewers across the border. 🇵🇰🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/apEcPN9EnN
— Siyal Khan (@siyaltunes) August 14, 2022
The video has garnered over 600 thousand views, 37 thousand likes and over 1100 comments on Twitter, at the time of writing this report, many thanking him for his tribute.
This is so wonderful!! Appreciate such a nice gesture!! Thank you and wishing you a very Happy Independence Day!!
— Abhishek (@abhiMCMLXXXV) August 14, 2022
Music has no language or religion..It touches hearts and connects people..
Respect & Blessings for you..
— Roshali (@itsRoshali) August 14, 2022
Well done Siyal 👌🏼this is a beautiful gesture and we appreciate it..😍Pakistanis always spread love & peace for their neighbours.🇮🇳
— Early Bird.(EB)🇵🇰 (@KhaOmm2) August 14, 2022
Thanks from an Indian Citizen. I wish your leadership and intelligence agency listen to the heart of a Pakistani people who want friendship with India
— Saurabh Srivastava (@saurabhashu44) August 14, 2022
The musician had also posted a video of him playing Pakistan’s national anthem earlier. He often covers music from Indian film industry such as ‘Kal Ho Na Ho’, ‘Mere Haath Mein’ from the movie ‘Fanaa’ and ‘Ek Pyaar Ka Nagma Hai’ from the 1972 film ‘Shor.’
The musical instrument Rabab is considered to have originated from Afghanistan and is the national instrument of the country.