Music has been evoking the feeling of patriotism

Music has long been one of the prime factors that has evoked feelings of patriotism in each one of us.

india Updated: Jan 20, 2006 13:07 IST
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Time and again these melodies have made us stand tall. It is time again to hum the songs.

Music has long been one of the prime factors that has evoked feelings of patriotism in each one of us. Patriotism and music have been blended together in countless melodies, over the decades through anthems and cinema.
These tracks invigorate feelings of pure devotion, loyalty and respect for the nation, each time they are played. Rarely would you come across an individual whose chest does not swell with pride as the first few notes of the Nation Anthem are played.

With the 56th Republic Day around the corner, the entire country is gearing up for celebrations. But aside from the traditional songs sung at these functions like Nanha Munna Rahi Hoon and Ae mere Watan Ke Logon, we have come a long way with the newer versions of the golden songs.

So if we had one Vande Mataram to inspire us earlier and thought it could never have been been better, AR Rehman enthralled the whole country with his version of the track. Released in 1997 at coinciding with India’s 50th Independence Day, this one was sung with full gusto by the music maestro AR Rehman himself, and remains one of the most powerful patriotic tunes ever sung for India. It brought together the rustiness, and the soul of the Indian soil in the most brilliant blend ever heard of.

Many a poet and composer spelt out masterpieces for the country but one name that stands tall is that of Kavi Pradip. Kavi Pradip was known as a patriotic lyricist who was awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke award and the Lata Mangeshkar Puraskar for his notable contribution to the field of music. He spent his entire life glorifying India with his words and songs.

Amit Kilam, percussionist of the band Indian Ocean almost screams out with sheer frustration when asked if he would like to hear a remixed version of the National Anthem. “No way! Its such a beautiful tune in itself. Why would you want to ruin it?”

Sare jahan se achha is the first song that comes to his head when prompted with the word “patriotism”. He says, “There are issues that bind a nation. One hint of trouble and we all will bind together, its just that its not visible on a day to day basis. Patriotism is definitely not dying out.” They have a patriotic song of their own called Des Mera in the album Jhini.

Dr Anil Wilson, Principal of St Stephen’s College agrees. “I hate watching what these guys have done to my favourite songs. There is no way that I will accept a remixed version of Jana gana mana.”

“I feel today’s generation is really patriotic as they are coming back to India after successful careers in advanced countries. They really want to make a difference. Akhir dil hai Hindustaani...” he adds.
However, there are others who disagree. Kiran Khanna, Principal of Vivekanand School sauys, “There was a time when people laid down their lives for the national flag but today they are eager to use it as fashion.”
“Feeling of patriotism are reduced to moments at the Indo-Pak cricket matches. It is just entertainment,” she laments.

Whether the youth realises the true value of freedom is to be seen. Let’s take a look at the melodies that unite us all in the true spirit of salutation to the motherland.

First Published: Jan 20, 2006 12:36 IST