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Rahul Sipligunj and Kaala Bhairava Perform “Naatu Naatu” at Oscars: Watch

The first song in the Indian language to be nominated for Best Original Song

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Rahul Sipligunj and Kaala Bhairava, photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images

    Rahul Sipligunj and Kaala Bhairava brought the Bollywood spirit to the 2023 Oscars , performing Best Original Song winner “Naatu Naatu” from RRR .

    Deepika Padukone presented the performance, explaining how “Naatu Naatu” soundtracks RRR ’s anti-colonialist spirit and is also, quite simply, a banger. As such, Sipligunj and Bhairava were joined by a large group of dancers for the spirited performance with the artists donning both Western suits and traditional Indian apparel. Check it out below.

    “Naatu Naatu” is the first Indian-language song to be nominated for an Academy Award. It joins Lady Gaga’s “Hold My Hand,” Rihanna’s “Lift Me Up,” and Stephanie Hsu, David Byrne, and Son Lux’s “This Is a Life” in the category. All of the nominees performed their songs at this year’s awards.

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    Keep up with our running list of 2023 Oscars winners here .

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