Did Russian band play “Sare Jahan Se Achha” during FIFA World Cup in Moscow ?

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A video is viral on WhatsApp and on other Social Media platforms that Russian band played a Bappi Lahiri song “Jimmi Jimmy aaja aaja” closing the event by “Sare jahan se achha Hindustan hamara”

Here is the text accompanying the video on WhatsApp

“Russia pays multiple tribute to India with “Jimmy” and Saare jahaan se achha” during closing ceremony of FIFA”

This is also on twitter, this one by Renuka Jain –

Band performance at the Red Square, Moscow during current FIFA world cup. Listen to the last lines . You will be pleasantly surprised.

 

Actor Amitabh Bachhan posted this 2 weeks ago which proves this wasn’t during FIFA World Cup but then this also is not the complete picture .

“FB 2055 – This is Moscow Russia .. band playing ‘saare jahan se achcha’ .. wait for it”

FB 2055 – This in Russia .. band playing 'saare jahan se achcha' .. wait for it ..

FB 2055 – This is Moscow Russia .. band playing 'saare jahan se achcha' .. wait for it

Posted by Amitabh Bachchan on Monday, July 2, 2018

 

TRUTH –

This was ‘International Military Music Festival “Spasskaya Tower”‘ from 24 Aug to 03 Sep 17
Every year about 1500 musicians, military men and other artists from around 40 countries perform at the “Spasskaya Tower”. The Festival is duly considered one of the largest international events in Russia and attracts tremendous response of the general public.

So it was not Russian but Indian Tri-Services (Navy, Army, Air force) Band which played these. When they entered, Indian flag was lit on the sphere as you can see on top right corner. It’s obvious every country will play their own songs.

They played many Raj Kapoor Songs, ending their performance with ‘Sare Jahan Se Achha’

Press Information Bureau, Government of India gave out a Press release on 24th Aug 2017 –

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Defence
24-August-2017 11:40 IST

Indian Navy Band to Participate in International Military Music Festival in Moscow (Russia)

            The International Military Music Festival “Spasskaya Tower” is the parade of the best military music bands of Russia and other countries that takes place every year at Red Square in Moscow. This Music Festival is a mega event, where military musicians represent the variety of national, artistic and military traditions of the world.

            Every year about 1500 musicians, military men and other artists from around 40 countries perform at the “Spasskaya Tower”. The Festival is duly considered one of the largest international events in Russia and attracts tremendous response of the general public.

            “Spasskaya Tower” is scheduled this year from 24 Aug to 03 Sep 17. A Tri-Services band from the Indian Armed Forces has also been invited to participate and perform in the prestigious event. The participation of the Tri- Services Band would foster better ties between the Armed Forces of the two countries and is also a befitting acknowledgment of the professional skills of the Indian Armed Forces bands.

            The Tri- Services Band comprises 07 Officers and 55 PBORs. The Naval Band component comprising of 01 officer and 09 musician sailors is being led by Commander Satish K Champion, Command Musician Officer, Eastern Naval Command. The Tri- Services Band is scheduled to depart for Moscow from New Delhi on 23 Aug 17.

 

Here is the complete video of that event

 

Indian Tri-Services band enters at 35:05

They Start with song “Sabki Aankhon ka Tara, Hindustan, Sare jahan se Pyara Hindustan”

Then they continue with Raj Kapoor Songs, 1st is “Mera Joota hai Japani, sar pe lal topi rusi fir bhi dil hai hindustani

At 43:00 minutes, Jimmy Jimmy aaja aaja, and 44:00 minutes Sare Jahan se achha.

 

In same festival Turkish Band played their songs –

 

More misleading ones –

On Facebook, this one by Pammi Kooner –
Sare jahan se acha – performed in Moscow before the football world cup final.

 

Sare jahan se acha – performed in Moscow before the football world cup final.

Posted by Pammi Kooner on Sunday, July 15, 2018

 

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