Band members of pop group Viva. image via Instagram/@AnushkaManchanda Photograph:( WION Web Team )
Remember Viva, India's first all-girl band? They are back with a reprised version of their hit song 'Jaago Zara'.
India's first all-girls band VIVA just reunited to sing one of their all-time hits in order to lift the spirits up of their fans.
Chosen through a reality tv contest the band comprised of singers Seema Ramchandani, Pratichee Mohapatra, Neha Bhasin, Mahua Kamat, and Anushka Manchanda. Their first album was an instant hit with young audience as they created hits like 'Jaago Zara’, ‘Jaha Ho Pyar Ka Mausam’ and ‘Hum Naye Geet Sunaye’.
Seema Ramchandani was the first to leave the band and eventually, the group disbanded and made careers in music. Now 15 years later, amid nationwide lockdown, the four members of the band came together to sing a reprised version of 'Jaago Zara'. Neha, Anushka, Pratichee and Mahua shot their version at their homes and then the video was edited into one. They also recorded their songs separately owing to the lockdown.
Anushka Manchanda, who also edited the video, shared a long emotional post about their reunion along with the new version of the song. Calling it the 2020 version of 'Jaago Zaara', Anushka wrote, " Its been so many years and so much has happened, and still today, people come up to me, to us all, to tell us what Viva meant to them.
This video is for you, for every time you have thought of us, sent us messages, sung our songs and reached out to us to tell us how you feel Thank you for this everlasting love, this crazy bond you have built with us that has lasted so many years. We feel you, we give you love right back."
Watch the video here:
Jago Zara..my most favourite song of VIVA, an all girl band I was part of, my first step into the music industry. Coming from rock n roll, the two years I spent with this indipop band were sometimes confusing, sometimes exhilirating, and most times just downright crazy! I was a baby when I went to the auditions as a joke, a way to get out of staying home studying. I had absolutely no idea that this would be the start of an absolutely new life direction. Today I can't imagine a life without my work and passion for music, and for this I am ever grateful. The universe guides, and you flow ✨ Its been so many years and so much has happened, and still today, people come up to me, to us all, to tell us what Viva meant to them. This video is for you, for every time you have thought of us, sent us messages, sung our songs and reached out to us to tell us how you feel ♥️ Thank you for this everlasting love, this crazy bond you have built with us that has lasted so many years. We feel you, we give you love right back ♥️ . . For the people who have never heard this song before, Jago Zara is the sign of the times, and yet, it is timeless. For the downtrodden, the broken, the supressed, the marginalised, sidelined, the outnumbered For the ones that are asleep, unconscious, blinded, confused, hypnotised For the ones that need strength, love, power, support..... Jago Zara! Savera Ho Gaya! With the OG popstars @praticheemohapatra @mahuakc @nehabhasin4u .. nobody did it like you girls ♥️ Original song masterfully written by @jaduakhtar , composed and produced by @salimsulaimanmusic ..thank you for this gift..I will hold it close forever ♥️ Song rights : Star India New vocals recorded on multiple devices during lockdown in April 2020, mixed and mastered by @manchandashikhar at @thebeastindiacompany . Thanks @lydiabuthello for all your love and your support ♥️ . #jagozara #viva #popstars #starindia #thebeastindiacompany #anushkamanchanda #praticheemohapatra #mahuakamat #nehabhasin
The video was shared by Anushka's other band members as well on social media.
The video brings back memories of early 2000 and still seems relevant for today's time. While the girls did not mention that if they were planning a reunion album soon, the video does give the fans a ray of hope.