Shalom Life | April 05, 2015

Indian Musicians Blow Past Versions Of 'Hava Nagila' Out Of The Water [VIDEO]

Sang by Amrutam Gamaya, and performed on Music Mojo, it may be the most incredible rendition you’ll ever hear of this popular Israeli folk song

By: Caitlin Marceau

Published: April 2nd, 2015 in Culture » Music » News

Indian Musicians Blow Past Versions Of 'Hava Nagila' Out Of The Water [VIDEO]

Photo: Amrutam Gamaya

Credit: YouTube Screenshot


If you think you’ve heard the most beautiful rendition of Hava Nagila, then guess again. Recently the Israeli folk song was performed on, of all places, the popular Indian talent show Music Mojo by a band by the name of Amrutam Gamaya. The song, which means “Let Us Rejoice,” is considered by many to be the first modern Hebrew folk song, and has become a popular tune to sing at celebrations.

While the tune is normally fast paced and uplifting, this version definitely stands apart from other versions of the song. Although the tune does quicken near its end, the song is less upbeat and Amrutha Suresh, the lead singer of the group, has a hauntingly beautiful voice.

If you didn’t get a chance to catch it, as we’re guessing most of you haven’t, we dare you to try listening to it below without putting the song on repeat.

It's received much praise since The Jewish Standard shared it, with over 310,000 views, and nearly 10,000 shares.

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