As the country commemorates the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, an Algerian singer’s rendition of ‘Vaishnava Jana To’, Bapu’s favourite bhajan, garnered glowing praise from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“A memorable rendition of ‘Vaishnava Jana To’ by Baraka Merzaia, an Algerian singer. #Gandhi150,” PM Modi tweeted along with the video.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 15, 2018
Penned by the 15th-century poet Narsinh Mehta in Gujarati, the bhajan speaks about the life, ideals and mentality of a Vaishnava Jana (a follower of Vishnu). The lyrics centre around the idea of human empathy and sensitivity towards the suffering of others.
The song has been sung and interpreted by many artists across continents, besides being included in the list of prayer songs routinely sung at the Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad.
Recently, artists from over 124 countries came together to pay homage to Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary by singing ‘Vaishnava Jan To’.