Saare Jahaan Se Accha Played at FIFA World Cup: Fact Check


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Saare Jahaan Se Acha Played at FIFA World Cup

Story:

Saare Jahaan Se Accha Played at FIFA World Cup Closing Ceremony in Moscow

Other Versions

1. Russia pays multiple tribute to India with “Jimmy Jimmy” and “Saare Jahaan se accha” during closing ceremony of FIFA World Cup

2. Band performance at the Red Square, Moscow during current FIFA world cup. Listen to the last lines. Pleasant surprise.

3. Jimmy Jimmy Played at FIFA World Cup closing ceremony

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Fact Check:

A story on social media sites claims to show a video of Saare Jahaan Se Accha Played at FIFA World Cup Closing Ceremony in Moscow. It says Russia paid multiple tribute to India with Band performing on popular songs “Jimmy Jimmy” and “Saare Jahaan se accha”. Nonetheless, the story saying Saare Jahaan Se Accha Played at FIFA World Cup closing ceremony is not true.

By all means the video shows a band of people performing on popular Bollywood song “Jimmy Jimmy Aaja” followed by Indian patriotic song “Saare Jahaan se Accha”. The associated story on social media said it was from FIFA World Cup 2018 Closing Ceremony in Moscow. The story garnered importance due to FIFA World Cup Closing Ceremony on 15th July 2018 at Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow. Russia however did not pay tribute to India that way during closing ceremony of FIFA World Cup.

Not Saare Jahaan Se Accha Played at FIFA World Cup

What you see in the video is actually part of Spasskaya Tower International Military Music Festival held from 24th August to 3rd September 2017. As a matter of fact, the mega annual military music event took place at Red Square in Moscow. Military musicians from various countries present variety of national, artistic and military traditions of the world. In the 10th International Military Music Festival in 2017, a Tri-Services band from the Indian Armed Forces presented the performance you see in the video. Earlier in May 2018, a YouTube user shared the video with the title ‘Indian Army Band on Red Square‘. In particular, it carried the description given down below:

During my recent visit to Russia I was told that ‘Jimmy Jimmy’ is the most popular Indian song amongst the youngsters. The Indian army band was specially asked to play Jimmy Jimmy. Here is the Army band marching at Red Square playing Jimmy Jimmy followed by Sare Jahan Se Achcha

Image of Tri-Services band from the Indian Armed Forces Performing at Spasskaya Tower International Military Music Festival, 2017
Tri-Services band from the Indian Armed Forces Performing at Spasskaya Tower International Military Music Festival, 2017

You can see below the full video of the Spasskaya Tower International Military Music Festival in 2017. To sum up, the story about Saare Jahaan Se Accha Played at FIFA World Cup Closing Ceremony is a hoax. The band performance on “Jimmy Jimmy” and “Saare Jahaan se Accha” songs comes from 2017 International Military Music Festival, Russia.

Hoax or Fact:

Hoax.


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Prashanth Damarla
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