Lady Gaga’s Indian fans went gaga over one of her tweets recently. The American artist who has a large fan base in India tweeted a Sanskrit shloka, Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu. Lady Gaga’s tweet confused as well as delighted the Indian tweeps.
Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu is a Sanskrit shloka which translates to, “Let the entire world be happy.” Many Hindu rituals end with this generic prayer to spread love and happiness in the world to make it a better place to live in.
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The tweet went viral within minutes after it was posted. It garnered over 120.8K likes and has been retweeted around 31.8K times. While some appeared confused with her tweet, a section of the internet is delighted and others trolled her to see her inclination towards Hinduism and said she is ‘smitten by Modiji’.
However, the tweet delighted a Sanskrit singer and academician from Nagaon district of Assam, Ranjan Bezbaruah. “An international pop star tweeting the shloka will help generate interest in the centuries-old Sanskrit language among the youngsters. I personally feel, it will help to make Sanskrit popular.”
Bezbaruah has recently sung Mahatma Gandhi’s favourite Gujarati bhajan ‘Vaishnava Jana To’ in mother of Indian languages Sanskrit. This is a first-of-its-kind musical initiative taken up in India.
“The shloka is found in the pages of our Upanishads as Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah which means ‘Let the entire world be happy’,” he added.