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Watch: Rabindranath Tagore singing the national anthem

On Independence Day, watch Rabindranath Tagore, the man who wrote the national anthem Jana Gana Mana, sing the song. Farhan Akhtar shared the video on his Twitter handle.

music Updated: Aug 15, 2016 13:19 IST
Nivedita Mishra
Rabindranath Tagore is best known as a poet but he was a man of many talents. He was also a painter, philosopher and educationist.
Rabindranath Tagore is best known as a poet but he was a man of many talents. He was also a painter, philosopher and educationist.(Getty Images)

We have all grown up listening to and singing the national anthem, Jana Gana Mana, written by Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore. Now, how about listening to the anthem sung by the man himself? This Independence Day, Bollywood actor Farhan Akhtar shared a video of Tagore, often known by the sobriquet Gurudev, singing the anthem.

In his characteristic long kurta, familiar white hair and a flowing beard, Tagore cuts a striking figure. An entire generation may have grown up not knowing that Tagore was a multi-faceted artiste -- poet, painter and a singer. Listen to him singing and one notices how well he sings.

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Jana Gana Mana was written in Bengali by Tagore in 1911 and adopted as the national anthem on January 24, 1950.