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Jana Gana Mana

Today is India's Independence Day (स्वतंत्रता दिवस) it is celebrated on August 15 to commemorate its independence from the British rule and its birth as a sovereign nation on that day in 1947.

 

Jana Gana Mana is the national anthem of India.

Written in highly Sanskritized Bengali, it is the first of five stanzas of a Brahmo hymn composed and scored by Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore.

It was first sung at the Calcutta Session of the Indian National Congress,on 27 December 1911.

Jana Gana Mana was officially adopted by the Constituent Assembly as the Indian national anthem on January 24, 1950.

 

Translation into English:

"O! Dispenser of India's destiny, thou art the ruler of the minds of all people

Thy name rouses the hearts of Punjab, Sindh, Gujarat, the Maratha country,

in the Dravida country, Utkala and Bengal;

It echoes in the hills of the Vindhyas and Himalayas,

it mingles in the rhapsodies of the pure waters of Yamuna and the Ganges.

They chant only thy name.

They seek only thy auspicious blessings.

They sing only the glory of thy victory.

The salvation of all people waits in thy hands,

O! Dispenser of India's destiny, thou art the ruler of the minds of all people

Victory to thee, Victory to thee, Victory to thee,

Victory, Victory, Victory, Victory to thee!."

 

The Jana Gana Mana - Indian National Anthem was a historic video released January 26, 2000 to mark the 50th year of the Indian Republic.

It has the distinction of being released by the then President of India, in the Central Hall of the Indian Parliament.

This was a project conducted by A. R. Rahman in which over 35 top artistes of the nation came together to sing or play the Indian National Anthem, "Jana Gana Mana".

The project had started as "Desh Ka Salaam" which was telecast in Indian TV channels and on the web on August 15, 1999, in which several great Indian musicians, from the classical to the contemporary, came together to give a soulful and modern rendition of the National Anthem.

The video was released on January 26, 2000.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftD3gDA-5S0

 

This is a picture of The India Gate which is situated on the Rajpath in New Delhi, it was built by Edwin Lutyens to commemorate the Indian soldiers who died in World War I and the Afghan Wars.

Happy Independence Day !

 

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