A Bollywood song performed by the US Navy Band is going viral after it was posted on social media Saturday night. The patriotic song,Yeh Jo Des Hai Tera, from the 2004 film Swades, was performed at a dinner hosted by the US Navy's chief of naval operations Mike Gilday, for the Ambassador of India to the US, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, to celebrate Holi, the festival of colours.
“This is a friendship bond that cannot be broken ever,” Sandhu posted, along with the performance, which has now been viewed more than 270,000 times.
The US Navy Band also shared the video, wishing its followers a "happy Holi".
“The @usnavyband Sea Chanters share a song of happiness and love at a small performance for the @USNavyCNO and the Ambassador of India to the United States, @SandhuTaranjitS. The Navy Band has been connecting the @USNavy to our partner nations since 1925! #HappyHoli," it posted.
Superstar Shah Rukh Khan who stars in the film praised the rendition.
"How lovely. Got all nostalgic about the time spent making this beautiful film," he tweeted.
The performance was also widely praised on social media.
"Great rendition of the theme song from Swades by the US Navy. Thanks Ambassador for sharing," tweeted the film's producer Ronnie Screwvala.
Others praised the Navy Band for their rendition and the togetherness it brought:
The song, performed originally by Oscar-winning composer A R Rahman, features in the film Swades, which stars Khan in the lead. In the film, he plays a Nasa engineer who returns to his small town in India to reconnect with his roots.
The movie was critical and box office hit, with Khan as well as director Ashutosh Gowarikar winning a number of awards that year.
Watch the original song below:
A version of the song, performed by the Berklee College of Music's Indian ensemble, also went viral in 2015. It was performed to celebrate the Boston institute's conferring of an honorary doctorate of music degree to composer Rahman, who joined the students for a live performance.
Watch the video here: