A Ukrainian woman returning to the piano in her war-ravaged apartment has captivated millions of TikTok viewers.
The video has now garnered nearly 2 million views and over 250,000 likes as users express their admiration for her skills and resilience. It also went viral on Reddit.
The original TikTok posted by @kkkarysia shows a Ukrainian house in ruins. The couch is covered in debris, the door has been blown out of its frame and broken glass covers the floor.
Amid the chaos, a woman sits down at a miraculously intact piano and skillfully plays what users identify as a Chopin piece.
British release metro has identified her as professional pianist Irina Maniukina, who visited her home in Bila Tserkva, about an hour south of Kyiv, one last time before fleeing.
Maniukina’s daughter Karina filmed the video and said: “It wasn’t a sad moment. My mother just wanted to let go of unnecessary thoughts, and I recalled what happened in our home with a smile.” mirror.
Accordingly, the family has now fled 300 miles west to Lemberg mirror.
TikTok users have flooded the comments section, saying that the performance has overcome them with emotion
“The only TikTok that deserves to be 10 minutes long. I’d love to hear more,” said @used_sui.
“I just burst into tears… this is so beautiful but also so heartbreaking,” said @minkook515
Many users also drew comparisons to the 2002 film The pianistwhere Adrien Brody’s character also performs a Chopin play in an emotional scene.
The Daily Dot reached out to @kkkarysia via TikTok comment and pending Instagram request.
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*Initial publication: March 13, 2022 at 11:20 am CDT
Dan Latu is a freelance journalist writing about the internet and culture. His work has previously appeared in The Real Deal and The Columbia News Service.
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