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Official at the Japanese Embassy Performs Jana Gana Mana on the Sanshin During I-Day Celebrations


Indian and Japanese officials sang as well as performed the Indian national anthem on the occasion of India’s 75th anniversary of Independence in the Japanese Embassy in Delhi on Monday.

The Japanese Embassy shared the video of the joint performance where two groups of Japanese and Indian officials sang as well as delivered a rendition of the national anthem through Indian, Japanese and western music instruments.

The Japanese officials also rendered a version of the Indian national anthem through a musical instrument named sanshin.

The Independence Day celebrations at the Japanese embassy in New Delhi coincide with the 70th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between Japan and India

The video of the performance by the officials was shot in front of a peepal tree which was planted by then crown prince Akihito and crown princess Michiko when they visited India in 1960.

“The Embassy staff members collectively perform in front of the symbolic Peepal tree which in itself is a personification of Japan-India friendship,” the embassy said.

“Dressed in traditional Indian attire, donning tricolor dupattas and holding the Indian National Flag high, the Japanese and Indian staff members of the Embassy proudly sing the National Anthem of India “Jana Gana Mana” on the Embassy premises. The celebrations mark the occasion of India completing 75 years of independence this auspicious year, which also coincides with the 70th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between Japan and India,” the embassy said in its statement.

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Independence Day Celebrated Across Embassies in East Asia

The Independence Day celebrations were held across Japan, South Korea, Singapore and other East Asian countries with whom India shares cordial relations.

Meanwhile in Singapore, the national flag was unfurled by the Indian Navy aboard the INS Saryu at the Changi Naval Base.

Several South Korean cabinet and deputy cabinet ministers wished Indians living in South Korea on the occasion of Independence Day.

A cricket tournament was also organized in Incheon, South Korea to celebrate Independence Day.

Several other musical renditions of the Indian national anthem went viral on Independence Day. Grammy winner Ricky Kej delivered a rendition of the national anthem with refugees who have taken shelter in India. Several Afghan and Myanmarese refugees along with a Cameroonian and Sri Lanka refugee sang the national anthem and also released the video which garnered over 330,000 views on Twitter.

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