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Meaning behind the words

Our national anthem, Jana Gana Mana, is one of the most influential and revered lyrical compositions in the country, only next to Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay’s Vande Mataram. But how many know what the anthem really stands for and how its theme resonates with today’s times?

music Updated: Aug 13, 2012 16:43 IST
Amrutha Penumudi
Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay

Our national anthem, Jana Gana Mana, is one of the most influential and revered lyrical compositions in the country, only next to Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay’s Vande Mataram. But how many know what the anthem really stands for and how its theme resonates with today’s times?

To capture its true essence, Shashi Vyas, founder of Pancham Nishad, a city-based cultural organisation, is releasing his debut production, a documentary called Bharat Bhagya Vidhata. It attempts to find out the real meaning of our national anthem, through the eyes of three young students.

Shashi’s documentary is specifically aimed at the youth. “Today’s youth are smarter, sharper and more hardworking, but they are so driven to make money that they forget other issues which deserve equal importance. That is why I decided to make this film, to show our youth a side of our beautiful country that most of them don’t know about,” explains Shashi.

The documentary is set for an all-India release next month and will also be screened at leading film festivals. It features some of India’s leading personalities like Infosys chairman emeritus NR Narayana Murthy, former top cop Julio Ribeiro, environmentalist Bittu Sahgal, social activist Dr Sunitha Krishnan (of Prajwala organisation) and theatre veteran Dr Vijayabai Mehta to name a few.