A video, titled ‘The Magic that is Hindustan’, shared by Canada-based controversial writer Tarek Fatah claims that a group of Chinese girls are dancing to a devotional recital. The tweet made to Tarek’s many followers also claims that the video is from India. https://twitter.com/
Origin of the Video:
The original video shows artists of China Disabled People’s Performing Arts Troupe present the ‘Thousand-hand Bodhisattva’ dance at the United Nations headquarters in New York to entirely different music.
On performing a reverse image search through Google, NewsMeter found an article in Chinese website ECNS.CN showing photographs of the dance performance. It says, “Artists of China Disabled People’s Performing Art Troupe perform Thousand-hand Bodhisattva dance at the United Nations headquarters in New York, on Nov 5, 2018. This event is co-sponsored by the United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA) along with the Permanent Mission of China to the UN, which holds the presidency of the Security Council for November.” (Xinhua/Li Muzi)
Xinhua News Network shared this performance on New China TV’s YouTube page on November 7, 2018 (https://www.youtube.com/
watch?v=KO8OcLfiexg Thousand-hand Bodhisattva: Performance by Chinese artists at Lincoln Centre, New York). Other Chinese media reported this event dated November 6, 2018.
NewsMeter also enquired about the audio used in the video shared by Tarek. The sound seemed to be that of a song praising Lord Rama and sung by two children. Using the first words of the song, we searched for the original video and found it on YouTube shared by Kuldeep M Pai (https://www.youtube.com/
watch?v=hZch8NXQa5A Ram Ram Bhajan | Baby Niranjana and Baby Bhakti Hiranmayi | Rama Navami | Vande Guru Paramparaam).
Therefore, these shreds of evidence satisfactorily prove that the audio of the original Chinese video was removed and replaced with music taken from another video originated from India.
Claim: Video showing Chinese performers dancing to Indian devotional song.
Claim by: Twitter messages
Fact Check: False