Shillong’s ‘O Holy Night’ Spreads Christmas Joy Online

Opera song


It’s that time of year, and Christmas carols add to Christmas spirit and joy around the world. There are many versions of popular Christmas carols circulating online, including in India.

Notably, a chanting team from Ao Baptist Church in Shillong captured hearts on the internet with their moving song. ‘Oh holy night’, a timeless favorite, was sung by the team with the utmost passion and vigor.

“O holy night, the stars shine with a thousand lights. It is the night of the birth of our dear Savior, ”continues the song, performed by five artists.

The video, shared by journalist Anupam Bordoloi on December 24, has garnered more than 1,000 views. Internet users praised their performance.

Watch the video here:

Originally written in French by Placide Cappeau in 1847, the Christmas carol has transcended generations. Several contemporary artists, including Mariah Care, have captured hearts with the song.

A priest asked Cappeau to write a Christmas poem. The church organ was renovated in Roquemaure at the end of 1843 and the song was to be sung for its celebration. In 1847, the song was premiered by opera singer Emily Laurey in Roquemaure. The English version was written by John Sullivan Dwight, editor of Dwight’s Journal of Music, in 1855, according to reports.