‘Manike Mage Hithe’: The Sri Lankan song that captivated Indian hearts
While geographic boundaries never mattered when it comes to music, the internet has really widened its reach. Overcoming language barriers, every day Indians discover and fall in love with new songs in foreign languages ââand “Manike Mage Hithe” is last on the list.
Lately, the Sri Lankan viral song has attracted social media users including Bollywood celebrities. From Amitabh Bachchan to Madhuri Dixit, many have been found roaming the earworm.
One of the most popular tracks for Instagram Reels in India, the Sinhala song has not only made its mark on streaming platforms, the catchy variety has also inspired countless covers in various regional languages.
The original song
Desi fans were taken by the breathtaking voice of Lankan singer-rapper Yohani whose version of the song is currently going viral. However, many are unaware that this is just a cover of the original 2020 song produced by Chamath Sangeeth.
Originally released as a single in July last year, it was sung by singer Satheeshan and rapper Dulan ARX, who is also the lyricist. The music video directed by Hasith Aryan starred Madushi Soysa, Kasun Tharaka and Ruwan Priyadarshana.
The viral cover and the original Indian versions
After almost a year, Sangeeth teamed up with Yohani to release the duet’s cover with original singer Satheeshan. Since its release in late May this year, the addicting song has gained popularity in the island nation and has become one of the top songs on the Spotify and Amazon Music charts in India. The YouTube video has racked up over 100 million views now.
Following its success in India, the singers released the Tamil and Malayalam version of the song. Anas Shajahan joined Yohini in this version.
A Hindi version of the song was released recently as part of a collaboration between Indian singer-rapper Muzistar and Yohani on July 30.
How it got more attention in India
One of the first covers to introduce the song to the desi audience on Instagram was performed by social media star and music producer Yashraj Mukhate. Sharing a cover of him singing the original version of the song, Mukhate admitted that he didn’t understand the lyrics but couldn’t stop singing it. The clip has already garnered more than 15 million views.
Days later, Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan shared a parody video of him shaking a leg to the rousing beats of the Hindi version of the song. According to the 78-year-old veteran actor, his granddaughter Navya Naveli Nanda edited the dance sequence for his iconic film Kaalia. Swap the original song ‘Jahan Teri Yeh Nazar Hai’ in the montage, Nanda replaced it with ‘Manike Mage Hithe’ in the video.
“Manike Mage Hithe” fever among Indian celebrities
From TV actors to singers and top actors in the Hindi film industry, celebrities can’t get enough of the song. While some used the viral song as background music for videos or just hummed to it while driving, others were seen dancing to it.
Tiger Shroff wowed everyone with his stunning dance performance on the original cover, garnering over 22 million views on Instagram, while Madhuri Dixit shared a look video saying she is “in love” with the song.
Singer Sonu Nigam used the song to share a video capturing “Shenanigans in Goa” and Tulsi Kumar danced to the viral hit.
Regional language and other coverages
Beyond celebrities, the song inspired many YouTube artists to post versions in their native languages. While some have chosen to translate certain lyrics into their language, others have come up with new interpretations combining folk songs.
In some languages ââthere are multiple versions of different singers which have also gone viral with millions of views. There are also beautiful interpretations in less popular languages ââlike Kokborok of Tripura.
Other viral videos
Earlier this week, a video of a flight attendant dancing on ‘Manike Mage Hithe’ on board an empty plane surprised Internet users. Dressed in her uniform, IndiGo cabin crew member Aayat Urf Afreen is seen dancing beautifully to the song during “Long Halts!” The post has already been viewed over 40 million times.
Another young doctor from Gujarat has gone viral, humming the song while playing the guitar. As she wrote her own lyrics, the woman’s soulful cover has thrilled many online.
Time and time again songs from other countries, like ‘Despacito’ and ‘Shape yourself’, have taken Indian social media by storm, asserting the power of music to truly transcend all borders.