In a heartwarming rendition of Udit Narayan’s Ghar Se Nikalte Hi, Vice Admiral Girish Luthra (Retd) left the families of the Indian Navy officers smiling.
Vice Admiral Luthra, who held the position of Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command, retired on 31 January upon superannuation, after dedicating four decades of his life to the Indian Navy. He was in-charge of the Western Naval Command since May 2016.
Vice Admiral Luthra chose to sing the iconic and hard-hitting song on the special occasion of the Indian Navy celebrating its ‘Golden Jubilee’ - 50 years - after being formally established on 1 March 1968.
As the Vice Admiral Luthra sang his heart out on stage, with backup musicians in tow and even featuring a flute-player, the audience - which mostly included the loved ones of members of the Indian Navy, could be seen sporting big smiles, as they watched him sing about a man having to leave his house for a cause, but missing his home and his loved one as soon as he does - a feeling that every member of the fleet must be able to relate to.
In the wake of the deadly Pulwama attack of 14 February, and the tensions which has followed within and outside the country since, Vice Admiral Luthra’s heartfelt performance is a breath of fresh air amid the chaos.
Although the video was published on Youtube on 5 March 2019, it was originally recorded in March 2018.
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