An I-Day ode: If this 5-yr-old’s divine rendition of Jana Gana Mana doesn’t tug your heartstrings, we wonder what will



Mizoram's young singing sensation Esther Hnamte does it again but this time with her soulful rendition of India's national anthem "Jana Gana Mana". 

Ahead of the Independence Day celebration, the Indian Army collaborated with 5-year-old Esther for a music video of the 'National Anthem' with the hope to make the citizens realise the value of freedom.

The video is a tribute to all the martyred heroes who sacrificed their lives for the freedom of the country. It encourages every individual to settle their petty differences and to rise as "one nation".

The music video was released on August 13 and within 24 hours, the views crossed 4 lakhs. 

Last year, Esther made headlines across the country for her rendition of the song ‘Maa Tujhe Salaam: Vande Mataram’. 

It took the nation by storm, receiving acknowledgement from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Even Oscar-winning musician AR Rahman noticed the video and was impressed by Esther’s soulful voice and even tried finding ways to contact the family via Zoom meeting.

The song hit two million views in just six days, which is quite an achievement for young Esther who only speaks in her mother tongue, Mizo.

"If not for the lockdown, she would have been one of the busiest artists of India at the moment," a well-wisher of Esther wrote to The Northeast Today

Esther, who has now become a huge sensation, has again engrossed the entire nation with her version of the national anthem.

Given the current situation of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year's celebrations may not be huge but through the video, the team hopes to overcome once and for all, the concept of 'THEM' and 'US' and embrace 'WE' and celebrate the country's diversity in the true spirit of unity.

(Edited by Aparmita Das)

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