PETALING JAYA: The Hari Raya festive period is a time that V. Savithri and her family look forward to eagerly every year.
They usually attend the open houses of their close friends and neighbours.
But this has not been possible since last year because of the measures imposed by the government to curb the spread of Covid-19.
In an attempt to spread cheer and goodwill, Savithri and her family produced an Indian-style Hari Raya greeting music video last year.
The video went viral on social media, with Malaysians from all races praising the effort shown by the family from Seremban.
This year, Savitri and her musically-inclined family made another music video, garnering similar praise as their previous effort.
Some thanked them for promoting unity and harmony through the video.
"We missed the feeling and atmosphere of spending time with our Malay friends during their open houses. That is how the idea for the song first came about," she told The Star.
Last year's video was sung in the Qawali style of music, which originates from the Indian subcontinent.
This year, they adapted their music greeting to the 1958 Hindi song Dil Tadap Tadap Ke, with the catchy video posted two days ago on various social media platforms.
The lyrics of the song convey the message that although they are not able to meet this year, their friends would always be remembered in their hearts.
Savithri and her eldest daughter are the lead singers, while her husband, their three other children, and another family member play instruments such as guitar, bass, harmonium, darbuka (goblet drum) and keyboard.
"Everyone is having a hard time so we did not want to make a sad song. We hoped to create some good vibrations. One of my friends told me that she has been listening to the song over and over again.
"She told me to do a longer song instead of just one minute," said Savithri, who runs the Unique Arts Academy (UAA).
She believes that Malaysians of all races have adopted everybody’s else's culture, until it becomes part of their own culture.
"There is no point segregating culture into mine and yours. Sometimes we are looking for petty things to highlight. We should look at our similarities instead of differences.
"Culture is a result of what we practise every day and of our routines," the 53-year-old said.