JaNa GaNa Mana

Even though I am not Indian but I like their National Anthem. It has something strong in it that attracts me to listen to it.
I don't understand a word from it but out of the blue I just felt like listening to it today morning. Reminds me when I studied in Carmel School for 6 years. I guess today is a day for childhood memories!


chikapappi said…
Oh, I'm listening to my national antheme :D the song's amazing!
Anonymous said…
oh yeah I love that. It kind of touches your heart. I have never seen that video its great!
'grey' said…
its writte by nobel laurate "Rabindranath Tagore" ..its inSanskrit ...the ancient(now almost extinct)language of India ...Its about unity in Diversity ...
When i first came to Kuwait i was amazed by children singing Kuwaiti national Anthem on TV ...still i get thrilled to hear it ..
Anonymous said…
A trivia on India's National Anthem;

The 'Sindh' in the line Punjab, Sindh, Gujarat, Maharashtra.... is present day Pakistan! :D
Ra7aLaH said…
Translation into English:

O! Dispenser of India's destiny, thou art the ruler of the minds of all people
Thy name rouses the hearts of Punjab, Sindh, Gujarat, the Maratha country,
in the Dravida country, Utkala (Orissa) and Bengal;
It echoes in the hills of the Vindhyas and Himalayas,
it mingles in the rhapsodies of the pure waters of Jamuna and the Ganges.
They chant only thy name.
They sing only the glory of thy victory.
They seek only thy auspicious blessings.
The salvation of all people waits in thy hands,
O dispenser of India's destiny!
Victory, Victory, Victory, Victory to thee.

Anonymous said…
ra7alah: thanks a million :)
Navy Girl said…
hate everything related to them !! dont know why !
navy girl - the biggest indophile on earth said…
Funny thing is even most Indians are not able to recite it from start to finish.
If you liked it so much I'm sure you're gonna like listening to A. R Rehman's rendition of Vandematram.
In mainland India people are split down the middle on whether or not it is a good idea to have it played at the movies before start of each show. What do you think?
The worst part is when someone's reclined a full 180 degrees in their recliner seats and the national anthem starts to play without any kind of advance notice : it makes for a most comic timing and is fun watching a prostrate person struggle on to his feet for the national anthem.
It is do-able in the Kuwaiti context also but my only worry is people here, might start to clap once the anthem is over.
jewaira learns to rock said…
For many juveniles navy girl included,the notion that Kuwait is culturally, socially and economically (and on many more fronts) closer to India than say, to the Lebanon or Jordan goes beyond the pale and is much too much for them to handle.
I think plain ignorance seasoned with a modicum of provincialism more than anything else contributes to such a mentality.
We feel sorry for their skewed pattern of thinking and wish them plentiful well informed insights into the entity, which is India.
Anonymous said…
jewaira: I agree with you :)

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