Everyone amongst us has sung the national anthem, since school we have been taught to stand up every time we hear it. But have we ever tried to step ahead to know some interesting facts related to it, well it’s never too late. We bring you top 5 incredible facts about the national anthem that every Indian should know and feel proud of:
1. A False Myth About National Anthem
The Indian national anthem, Jana Gana Mana was written on 11 December 1911. There was a false myth that Jana Gana Mana was written and composed by Tagore to praise George the Fourth, who visited India in 1911. Then in a letter dated 19th March, 1939 Tagore cleared the rumour saying that it would be an insult if he was considered to sing in praise of George the fifth.
2. Musical Notation Were Set By Margaret
The musical notations for the English translation of India’s national anthem were set by Margaret, who was wife of poet James H. Cousins and was the principal of Besant Theosophical College.
3. Our National Anthem Was composed In Highly Sanskritized Bengali
Our National Anthem was composed and scored in a highly Sanskritized Bengali by Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore in 1911.
Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose commissioned a free translation of the national anthem from Sanskritized Bengali to Urdu-Hindi. The original national anthem was written by the Rabindranath Tagore which was later translated into the Hindi and Urdu by Abid Ali. Not only ours but Tagore has written the National Anthem of Bangladesh as well.
4. It Was performed Not Sung First Time
Jana Gana Mana was performed, not sung as the official national anthem for the first time in Hamburg on September 11,1942. Another fact is that a formal rendition of the national anthem takes 52 seconds.
5. Our Anthem’s Lyrics Was Set In Raga Alhaiya Bilawal
The lyrics of the National Anthem was set in Raga Alhaiya Bilawal, though it is sung with minor variations to the classical form of the raga. It is the most commonly performed raga of a large group of ragas that are mainly based on a scale more or less identical to the western major scale.
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