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10 Lesser Known Interesting Facts About India’s National Anthem

Some Interesting Facts About Jana Gana Mana

India’s National Anthem ‘Jana Gana Mana’, depicts the country’s religious and regional diversity and unity. Jana Gana Mana is holds a certain emotion, reverberated in unison. Here are a few interesting facts you might not know about this beloved song of India.

10 Lesser Known Interesting Facts About India’s National Anthem
10 Lesser Known Interesting Facts About India’s National Anthem

Some Interesting Facts About India’s National Anthem:

1. The Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore wrote the song, Jana Gana Mana, on December 11th, 1911. On the very next day, December 12th Delhi Durbar was held where King George V and Queen Mary were appointed as the Emperor and Empress of India. Because the song was composed at the same time when this took place it was rumored that Jana Gana Mana was composed as an ode to the British monarch. But this is not the case.

2. Later on November 10th, 1937 Rabindranath Tagore himself put the rumor to an end by writing a letter to Pulin Bihari Sen mentioning the word “Bhagya Vidhata” in the anthem Jana Gana Mana referred to the lord of destiny the perennial guide that could never be George be George VI or any other George. 

3. On the second day of the annual conference of the Indian National Conference in Calcutta on December 27th, 1911 Jana Gana Mana was sung for the first time. Sarala Devi Chaudhurani, Tagore’s cousin intonated the song along with a few friends. 

4. The national anthem that is sung today is a shrunken version of the original song. The original song is a Brahmo hymn that features five verses in Sanskritized Bengali reflecting the country’s independence struggle, culture, and values. But today only one stanza of the original version is being sung. 

5. The original composition of the National Anthem was in Bengali with many Sanskrit words included in it. This song was translated into Hindi-Urdu by Captain Abid Hassan Zafrani an Indian National Army officer and later titled “Subh Sukh Chain”. 

6. There is also an English version of the National Anthem that was translated by Tagore himself with the help of his Margaret cousins. The song is named “The Morning Song of India”. 

7. The official version of the National Anthem of India is recorded about 52 seconds by law and not 54 seconds.

8. Subhash Chandra Bose has authorized a free translation of a well-known form in Hindustani of the National Anthem of India from Sanskritized Bengali.

9. In 1942 the first musical composition Jana Gana mana was performed in Hamburg Germany and subsequently, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose declared it the National Anthem of free India although the song did not receive any formal status by that time.

10. Jana Gana Mana was declared the Indian National anthem in the year 1950 on January 24th making it one of the national symbols of India.

There is no law that states singing the national anthem is mandatory earlier “Now it has been made mandatory,”. If a person just prefers to stand up and be silent when the national anthem is sung it is not considered to be rude or insulting in any way. But, if any person intentionally causes any interruption while it is being played it raises him or her liable for punishment as per the law.

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