National Anthem of India – ‘Jana Gana Mana’ Written By Poet Rabindranath Tagore

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National Anthem of India is Jana Gana Mana is one of the National Symbol of India which was written by the poet Rabindranath Tagore originally composed it in Bengali “Bharoto Bhagyo Bidhata”.

The first stanza of the song, Bharoto Bhagyo Bidhata, was adopted on January 24, 1950, by the Constituent Assembly of India as the national anthem.

It takes 52 seconds to sing the National anthem containing 5 stanzas and it also has the shorter version including the first and last line (takes approximately 20 seconds) is also sung sometimes.

Jana Gana Mana was sung for the first time in public on 27th December 1911, during the session of the Indian National Congress in Calcutta (now Kolkata).

National Anthem of India – “Jana Gana Mana”

Rabindranath TagoreJana-gana-mana-adhinayaka jaya he
Tava shubha name jage, tava shubha asisa mage,
gahe tava jaya-gatha.
Jana-gana-mangala-dayaka jaya he
Jaya he, Jaya he, Jaya he,
jaya jaya jaya, jaya he.


We give respect for our national anthem by standing up whenever it is played, it is a symbolic representation of our respect towards our nation.

The song becomes special because it was initially written to prise the George V, the British King when he came to India but later after the Independence, we adopted as National Anthem to show the respect and to create the patriotic feeling among people of the country.

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History of National Anthem

The poem was first publicly recited on the second day of the annual session of the Indian National Congress in Calcutta (now Kolkata) on 27th December 1911, and again in January 1912 at the annual Adi Brahmo Samaj.

On Feb 1905, the poem was published under the title Bharat Bhagya Bidhata in the Tatwabodhini Patrika, which was the official publication of Brahmo Samaj with Tagore.

In 1912, the song was performed by Sarala Devi Chowdhurani, Tagore’s niece, along with a group of students, in front of Congress figures such as Bishan Narayan Dhar, president of the Indian National Congress, and Ambika Charan Majumdar.

The song was first sung outside the Calcutta by the poet himself during a session at the Besant Theosophical College in Madanapalle, Andhra Pradesh, on 28th Feb 1919, when Tagore went to college and sang the song captivated to the students while Margaret Cousins.

Then deputy director of the university (also an expert in European music and wife of the Irish poet James Cousins), asked Tagore to create an English translation of the song and establish the musical notation.

The national anthem, which is only followed when the song is sung in the original slow-acting style. Tagore translated the work into English on February 28, 1919, entitled The Morning Song of India. The university adopted the translation of the Tagore song as a prayer song that is sung until now.

Before being the National Anthem of India, “Jana Gana Mana” was heard in the movie Hamrahi (1945). It was also the official song of The Doon School, Dehradun.

On the occasion of the liberation of India, the Constituent Assembly of India met for the first time as a sovereign body on August 14, 1947, at midnight. The session ended with a unanimous representation of Jana Gana Mana.

Members of the Indian delegation to the United Nations General Assembly held in New York in 1947 registered Jana Gana Mana as the national anthem of the country. The song was performed by the house orchestra in front of a meeting of representatives from around the world.

On 27th December 2011 marks an important date by achieving 100 years for our National Anthem – Jana Gana Mana from the time it was sung for the first time.


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