American Singer Mary Millben’s Rendition Of Om Jai Jagdish Hare Is Winning Hearts On The Internet. This Is So Amazing!
Every time I hear a rendition of the song Om Jai Jagdish, I am reminded of the scene in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai where Tina is asked to prove her sanskaariness by a rather asshole-y Rahul. And she does this by staring right into his eyes, with her hair flying prettily about her as she sings this song. Since then, the song may have been used to prove just how rooted in desi culture you are but it’s also travelled places and inspired people around the world. Popular American singer Mary Millben’s rendition of ‘Om Jai Jagdish Hare’ is here and we love it.
Taking over the internet, one key note at a time, was Mary Millben and her rendition of Om Jai Jagdish Hare, which is usually sung in every household during the Diwali puja, Mary’s six and a half minute long version of the hymn hits you right in the feels with just how beautifully it has been sung.
In a video that shows Mary dressed up in a traditional orange and pink lehenga, complete with a pallu, bindi and heavy jewellery, Mary has literally picked up the very essence of the festival and managed to showcase it in a video. In her tweet, she shared the link to the unique rendition and said, “Om Jai Jagdish Hare’, a beautiful Hindi hymn commonly sung during Diwali and in Indian households worldwide, is a song of worship and celebration. This hymn continues to move me, touch my spirit, and stir my passion for Indian culture.”
So blessed to perform virtually for #Diwali2020 and can’t wait to share with you.#Diwali is a moment where the world gathers in celebration of new harvest, gratefulness for prosperity, and celebrating light over darkness through the beauty of lamps.
Stay tuned…11.12.20 pic.twitter.com/7DZkPDXBv0
— Mary Millben (@MaryMillben) November 11, 2020
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#Diwali2020! 'Om Jai Jagdish Hare', a beautiful Hindi hymn commonly sung during #Diwali and in Indian households worldwide, is a song of worship and celebration. This hymn continues to move me, touch my spirit, and stir my passion for Indian culture."https://t.co/D5ot8xv3Yz
— Mary Millben (@MaryMillben) November 12, 2020
In a statement with regards to this video, Millben also said, “As a daughter of retired ministers, my singing roots originated in the African-American church and this upbringing shaped my faith. As a woman of faith, I value the diverse ways many worship across the world.”
She then went on to share how the Indian-American community held a special place for her, as she said, “India, the people of India, and the Indian-American community are very special to me. What a blessing to perform virtually for Diwali 2020 — an annual, Indian festival of lights where India, Indian Americans, and people from all over the world gather this year virtually to celebrate new harvest, gratefulness for prosperity, and celebrate light over darkness through the beauty of lamps.”
Finally, she talked about how singing the hymn was a blessing for her and said, “My relationship with the Indian culture and love for India has grown through my learning and study of Hindi…. I have been immersed into the culture, cinema, and music of India. These last several months learning ‘Om Jai Jagdish Hare’ has been a true blessing to my life.”
The song that was recorded in The Chapel of the Holy Cross in Sedona has already hit almost 50 thousand views in just 2 days and already making rounds on the internet. On that note, happy Diwali to you and your family.