A video is viral on social media suggesting that American artist Madonna has sung the Hanuman Chalisa. “Hanuman Chalisa by Madonna”, tweeted Renuka Jain on April 25, with a video of a lady singing a devotional hymn (Hanuman Chalisa) to Lord Hanuman.

Several other individual users on Twitter and Facebook have shared the video with an identical narrative.

Not Madonna

Alt News used Yandex’s reverse image search feature to determine the artist’s identity. Reverse image searching a frame from the viral video suggested that the name of the band could possibly be ‘Shanti People’.

The vocalist, who is singing the Hanuman Chalisa, in the viral video is not Madonna as claimed. She is Uma Devi, a vocalist of the group named, Shanti People. We found the viral video posted on the band’s official Facebook page.

Shanti People – Hanuman Jam (Live at Kyiv)

First video from the concert Urban Mantras.
To Be Continued …

Shanti People – Hanuman Jam | Live at Kyiv 2015 | Atmasfera 360•

Vocal – Natasha Uma
Bass – Egor Bass
Drums – Denis Shvets
Tabla – Khola Wala (Nila Gopal)

Sound – Bogdan Gorlov

Makeup and Hair style by Dara Dukhnovskaya

Posted by Shanti People on Tuesday, 26 May 2015

The caption along with the video on the Facebook page that can be seen in the screenshot posted below clearly states the identities of the individual artists, “Vocal – Natasha Uma”.

Uma is from Russia and resides in Ukraine, according to her Facebook profile. In the comparison below, on the left is a still (from the video) which is that of Uma, the vocalist of Shanti People while on the right is the American pop star, Madonna.

“Shanti People is a music band that mix ancient Vedic Mantras with contemporary electronic dance music (EDM)”, stated the about-us section of their official website. This video was earlier debunked by India Today.

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About the Author

Jignesh is a writer and researcher at Alt News. He has a knack for visual investigation with a major interest in fact-checking videos and images. He has completed his Masters in Journalism from Gujarat University.