After ‘Jana Gana Mana,’ Mary Millben now sings ‘Om Jai Jagdish Hare’

Mary Millben
Mary Millben

Millben, who has sung for three presidents, releases the song for Diwali.

American actress and singer Mary Millben, who performed the Indian national anthem for the 74th Anniversary of India Independence Day in August, has released a new video for Diwali: Om Jai Jagdish Hare.

“India, the people of India, and the Indian American community are very special to me,” the Helen Hayes Award Nominee said in a press release.  “What a blessing to perform virtually for Diwali 2020 — an annual Indian festival of lights where India, Indian Americans, and people from all over the world gather this year virtually to celebrate new harvest, gratefulness for prosperity, and celebrate light over darkness through the beauty of lamps.”

Music for the video song was composed by Canadian Screen Award and Grammy-nominated musician Daryl Bennett. Those collaborated on the production song include Hollywood and Sony Pictures producer Tim Davis, sound engineer and mixer Jorge Vivo, Executive Directors John Schaus, Trent Massey, and Deena Mali.

Om Jai Jagdish Hare, a beautiful Hindi hymn commonly sung during Diwali and in Indian households across the world, is a song of worship and celebration,” Millben said.  “This hymn continues to move me, touch my spirit, and stir my passion for Indian culture. My mother Reverend Althea Millben was the first one to encourage me to consider recording and performing this song.  During these times, we all need spiritual reinforcements that unify our souls.”

Millben said her “relationship with the Indian culture and love for India has grown through” her learning and study of Hindi.

Last month, Millben performed at the 2020 Indiaspora Philanthropy Summit, where she performed a rendition of Let There Be Peace On Earth.

“Indiaspora is delighted to expand our relationship with a highly skilled vocalist and our good friend, Mary Millben,”  said Sanjeev Joshipura, Executive Director of Indiaspora. “Her strong affinity for India and the Indian diaspora shines through in her work.”

Mary has performed for three U.S. Presidents, George W. Bush, President Barack Obama and Donald Trump.


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