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Centenary Year Of Jana Gana Mana

December 26, 2011  by: Paulose  Points: 18   Category: Political    Views: 496

Today, on 27th December, the Indian National Anthem is 100 years old. One hundred years ago, even before India got the Independence, the song of freedom and equality rose high from the hearts of Indians, addressing every Indian, "Thou art the ruler of the minds of all people, dispenser of India's destiny."


Insisting unity in diversity "Jana Gana Mana", the National Anthem of India, composed in Bengali by the Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore, was sung for the first time on 27 December, 1911 at the inaugural session of Indian National Congress held at Calcutta. After India got Independence in 1947 and after India became a Republic in 1950, this song was officially adopted by the Constituent Assembly as the Indian national anthem on January 24, in 1950.

Every Indian, young or old sing the National Anthem thousand of times from school assemblies to college gatherings ,during inaugural sessions and everywhere to honor and give respect to our nation. Though they sing this anthem many times during public meetings and occasions of national importance, most of them still do not realize the great significance of this immortal poem of Tagore.

The Indian National Anthem

A national anthem is the symbol of patriotism of a country. India became a free nation in 1947 and adopted Republic rule in 1950. It is the largest democratic country in the world. It reflects the the country's vibrant cultural heritage and unity in diversity.

Originally composed in Bengali by Rabindranath Tagore to honor the British Emperor King George V, "Jana Gana Mana" was translated by Tagore himself from Bengali to English and also was set to music in Andhra Pradesh in 1919. Later it was accepted as the National Anthem of Independent India. The song insists how the country, though has diverse cultures and traditions, comes under one goal.

Norms of singing Jana Gana Mana

The national anthem has to be sung at the end of school or college assemblies, public meetings, government official gatherings, and programs of national importance. It is displayed in theatres and cultural programs. The timing to sing the anthem has been limited to fifty-two seconds and a shortened version of the song consisting first and last lines of the anthem has to be finished in twenty seconds.

A song hundred years old

Jana Gana Mana has ben sung for the past one hundred years. It should awake the deep atman of the great country which showed the world its deep philosophy and hospitality. It reflects peace and prosperity. It still unites 1.2 billion people of different languages, creed and cultures.


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