On 11th December, 1911 Nobel laureate, Rabindranath Tagore penned the Bengali hymn, ‘Jan Gan Man’, as a conversation with God, though for a long time it was believed the hymn was to honor King George V and Queen Mary. On 24th January 1950, the hair raising rendition of the poem set to music, previously known as ‘The Morning Song of India’, was adopted as the National Anthem of India.
On the 69th anniversary of India’s Independence we bring to you some classical versions of the National Anthem, sung over the years. These renditions strengthen the spirit of patriotism, igniting within the listener a surge of pride. Its often been said that witnessing the Indian National Anthem being sung is a hair-raising experience and these renditions do just that.
THE SILENT NATIONAL ANTHEM
In what can only be defined as an intensely moving rendition of the National Anthem, this version of the silent Anthem speaks volumes, without having a soul utter a single syllable.
A R REHMAN’S MUSICAL TRIBUTE!
This features several musical maestros from the country, serenading their ‘Bharath Mata’ with an instrumental rendition.
THE NATIONAL ANTHEM BY VARIOUS ARTISTS!
This rendition is a hair-raising experience in the very sincere sense of the phrase. With likes of Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhonsle, Kavitha Krishnmurthy, Jagjit Singh and Hariharan singing in honor of the Indian Motherland, this is hands down on of the most beautifully sung version.
A CAPELLA VERSION
Children sing the National Anthem, without any accompanying instruments; innocent and magical!
The Women in Television and Film Association India gets together and pays tribute to India in this wonderfully choreographed rendition.
THE THIRD GENDER SALUTE
The joy of inclusion and the diversified redefinition of roles for the transgendered community in India has been revolutionary. Here, the Hijra community pays tribute to the motherland in this phenomenal rendition of the Anthem.