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Jai Hind, the National Anthem

I am really beginning to like the idea of the theaters, cinema houses, multi-plexes and even the Dome, in Mumbai, India in their way of making its cinegoers, citizen remember the National Anthem and be loyal to the country every time they are about to watch a movie.

I am not sure of the other parts of India. As far as I can recollect neither Delhi nor Bangalore do anything similar. Today, I went for the Spy Kid’s Game Over 3D and once again I “stood up” along with everybody to the National Anthem being sung at the AdLab just like what had been happening since a long time I could remember.

When else do you listen and pay respect to the National Anthem beside Independence Day, other National Days?

Indian National Anthem Lyric

Jana-gana-mana-adhinayaka, jaya he
Bharata-bhagya-vidhata
Punjab-Sindhu-Gujarata-Maratha-
Dravida-Utkala-Banga
Vindhya-Himachala-Yamuna-Ganga
Uchchala-Jaladhi-taranga
Tava shubha name jage
Tava shubha ashish maange
Gahe tava jaya-gatha
Jana-gana-mangala-dayaka jaya he
Bharata-bhagya-vidhata
Jaya he, jaya he, jaya he
Jaya jaya jaya, jaya he!

The playing time of the National Anthem is approximately 52 seconds. The following is Tagore’s own English rendering of the stanza:

Thou art the ruler of the minds of all people,
Dispenser of India's destiny.
Thy name rouses the hearts of Punjab, Sindhu,
Gujarat and Maratha,
Of the Dravida and Orissa and Bengal;
It echoes in the hills of the Vindhyas and Himalayas,
mingles in the music of Jamuna and Ganges and is
chanted by the waves of the Indian Sea.
They pray for thy blessings and sing thy praise.
The saving of all people waits in thy hand,
Thou dispenser of India's destiny.
Victory, victory, victory to thee.

43 Comments

  1. Hey Brajeshwar,
    I think thats AWESOME! We have the National Anthem at sporting events and things like that here in the United States. Whenever I hear it, I sing right along. Same goes with the Pledge of Allegiance too.

    I think being proud of your country & to relish in it is great! I am happy to see this happening in India - and anywhere else for that matter. The fact that its happening in movie houses makes no difference. The more the merrier.

    Braj - if I ever make it to Mumbai, can you take me out for some good channa masala? Its hard to come by here.

  2. Hey Brajeshwar,
    I think thats AWESOME! We have the National Anthem at sporting events and things like that here in the United States. Whenever I hear it, I sing right along. Same goes with the Pledge of Allegiance too.

    I think being proud of your country & to relish in it is great! I am happy to see this happening in India - and anywhere else for that matter. The fact that its happening in movie houses makes no difference. The more the merrier.

    Braj - if I ever make it to Mumbai, can you take me out for some good channa masala? Its hard to come by here.

  3. Interesting post, never heard of that before I'm wondering if its something they introduced with the upcoming election. I'm quite partial to "Vande Mataram" (especially A.R. Rahmans version) which has become a sort of unofficial national anthem. It's a shame that "Jai Hind" has gotten a bit of a bad connotation with the somewhat extremist Hindutva movement using it as a slogan.

    Here in Belgium we don't play the National Anthem all that often: independence day, international sport events, and at the King's new years message to the nation.

  4. Interesting post, never heard of that before I'm wondering if its something they introduced with the upcoming election. I'm quite partial to "Vande Mataram" (especially A.R. Rahmans version) which has become a sort of unofficial national anthem. It's a shame that "Jai Hind" has gotten a bit of a bad connotation with the somewhat extremist Hindutva movement using it as a slogan.

    Here in Belgium we don't play the National Anthem all that often: independence day, international sport events, and at the King's new years message to the nation.

  5. Peter, this have nothing to do with the election, as I have said, it had been here for quite sometime. I have somehow forgotten when it began but must be more than a year or so. And yes, 'Vande Mataram' is the National Song while 'Jana Gana Mana' is the National Anthem.
    Eric, I will definitely take you to the channa masala.

  6. Peter, this have nothing to do with the election, as I have said, it had been here for quite sometime. I have somehow forgotten when it began but must be more than a year or so. And yes, 'Vande Mataram' is the National Song while 'Jana Gana Mana' is the National Anthem.
    Eric, I will definitely take you to the channa masala.

  7. Its really cool. When i watched my first movie in mumbai, i was surprised to see this and believe me i liked it a lot...

    As far as other parts of India is concerned, in kanpur we dont have this. Mumbai is the only city where i have seen this. It actually makes you feel united.

    Jai Hind,
    Abdul

  8. Its really cool. When i watched my first movie in mumbai, i was surprised to see this and believe me i liked it a lot...

    As far as other parts of India is concerned, in kanpur we dont have this. Mumbai is the only city where i have seen this. It actually makes you feel united.

    Jai Hind,
    Abdul

  9. I'm not familiar yet... do you know places on the web where I could get MP3, sheetmusic, and/or romanized lyrics for "Jai Hind", "Vande Mataram", and "Jana Gana Mana"?

    ... hmm, what do you call music from more than a generation or two ago, which everyone knows? What do you call the popular music from movies made before 1960, for instance? (I picked up some Bollywood collections recently and really like some of the older stuff, but other movie CDs had drum machines and electric guitars and lacked the same feeling.)

    tx,
    jd

  10. I'm not familiar yet... do you know places on the web where I could get MP3, sheetmusic, and/or romanized lyrics for "Jai Hind", "Vande Mataram", and "Jana Gana Mana"?

    ... hmm, what do you call music from more than a generation or two ago, which everyone knows? What do you call the popular music from movies made before 1960, for instance? (I picked up some Bollywood collections recently and really like some of the older stuff, but other movie CDs had drum machines and electric guitars and lacked the same feeling.)

    tx,
    jd

  11. JD, a search on google should get you enough leads to both mp3s and lyrics, I believe, but if you're having toruble, I could see if I have some mp3s with me. Also there is no real name for the pre 1960 genre of bollywood music. Popular music in India has forever been the bollywood movie soundtracks, and while some music compsers (RD Burman and SD Burman) have made names for themselves, the artists are the ones who get the most recognition (they are just playback singer, and do none of the composition) So people follow music from their favorite artists... So if you're looking for slightly older bollywood music, ask for 'Kishore Kumar', 'Mohammed Rafi', 'Lata Mangeshkar', 'Asha Bhosle' and 'Mukesh' also the Burmans come highly recommended.

    As far as the national anthem at movies are concerned, I've always wondered how tourists would react if they have to stand up to the anthem (especially if they are Pakistanis ;) )

  12. JD, a search on google should get you enough leads to both mp3s and lyrics, I believe, but if you're having toruble, I could see if I have some mp3s with me. Also there is no real name for the pre 1960 genre of bollywood music. Popular music in India has forever been the bollywood movie soundtracks, and while some music compsers (RD Burman and SD Burman) have made names for themselves, the artists are the ones who get the most recognition (they are just playback singer, and do none of the composition) So people follow music from their favorite artists... So if you're looking for slightly older bollywood music, ask for 'Kishore Kumar', 'Mohammed Rafi', 'Lata Mangeshkar', 'Asha Bhosle' and 'Mukesh' also the Burmans come highly recommended.

    As far as the national anthem at movies are concerned, I've always wondered how tourists would react if they have to stand up to the anthem (especially if they are Pakistanis ;) )

  13. i usually get goose pimples whenever i stand up with everyone to respect the country..

    it sure makes me feel united :)

    I didnt knew that it wasnt the same in other parts of the country..!!

  14. i usually get goose pimples whenever i stand up with everyone to respect the country..

    it sure makes me feel united :)

    I didnt knew that it wasnt the same in other parts of the country..!!

  15. Well from an Australian perspective we pretty much sing our national antheme at major sporting events or anything really that gets national coverage.

    We aren't that overwhelmed with Australian pride when our anthem is played unless its for the olympics. I guess we are at times spoiled i think, and if there was one aspect of Australian culture that all australians will abs no holds bar respect is days like Yesterday, ANZAC Day. This day is sacred in many ways as its a formal day of mourning of the men/women who died in the wars past (used to be for the world war 1&2 diggers but its now sort of morphed into a fighting service men/women day).

    We are a strange bunch of people. Having it played before a movie well, two thoughts on that? in that we could get to a point where its just another annoying jingle and looses its effect or it could remind us how lucky our country truly is? undecided.

  16. Well from an Australian perspective we pretty much sing our national antheme at major sporting events or anything really that gets national coverage.

    We aren't that overwhelmed with Australian pride when our anthem is played unless its for the olympics. I guess we are at times spoiled i think, and if there was one aspect of Australian culture that all australians will abs no holds bar respect is days like Yesterday, ANZAC Day. This day is sacred in many ways as its a formal day of mourning of the men/women who died in the wars past (used to be for the world war 1&2 diggers but its now sort of morphed into a fighting service men/women day).

    We are a strange bunch of people. Having it played before a movie well, two thoughts on that? in that we could get to a point where its just another annoying jingle and looses its effect or it could remind us how lucky our country truly is? undecided.

  17. I'm so glad to hear that the national anthem at selected public places is evoking the right kind of response. Coming from a family with millitary background (3 generations), i've been taught right from childhood to stand to the anthem (loo is exempted though) and it sometimes pained my heart in my schooling days when a few sniggered behind the back. One physical training class session required us to sing the anthem aloud and whatever went around came around too. Personally, i like to sing it aloud.

  18. I'm so glad to hear that the national anthem at selected public places is evoking the right kind of response. Coming from a family with millitary background (3 generations), i've been taught right from childhood to stand to the anthem (loo is exempted though) and it sometimes pained my heart in my schooling days when a few sniggered behind the back. One physical training class session required us to sing the anthem aloud and whatever went around came around too. Personally, i like to sing it aloud.

  19. The Indian national anthem and the Bangladesh national anthem is composed by one the same individual, Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore. Anyone else with the same distinction?

  20. The Indian national anthem and the Bangladesh national anthem is composed by one the same individual, Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore. Anyone else with the same distinction?

  21. Are foreign nationals also supposed to stand up when the indian national anthem is played in the movie halls in India?

  22. Are foreign nationals also supposed to stand up when the indian national anthem is played in the movie halls in India?

  23. I would stand up in any country if they are doing their national anthem, it is purely a respect for the national anthem. If foreigners stood up, they are showing respect to the anthem. Nobody is forced to, you can even sit back and relax if you wish.

  24. I would stand up in any country if they are doing their national anthem, it is purely a respect for the national anthem. If foreigners stood up, they are showing respect to the anthem. Nobody is forced to, you can even sit back and relax if you wish.

  25. I would also stand up in any country if they are doing their national anthem. But I specifically asked if the foreign national are also supposed to stand up when the indian national anthem is being played in the movie halls before the movie.
    This is because i saw a foreigner being beaten up by the people of the movie hall because he did not stand up during the national anthem.
    Was this the right thing to do ? And legally do the foreigners also have to stand up? This incident has happened in a movie hall in pune called "INOX"

  26. I would also stand up in any country if they are doing their national anthem. But I specifically asked if the foreign national are also supposed to stand up when the indian national anthem is being played in the movie halls before the movie.
    This is because i saw a foreigner being beaten up by the people of the movie hall because he did not stand up during the national anthem.
    Was this the right thing to do ? And legally do the foreigners also have to stand up? This incident has happened in a movie hall in pune called "INOX"

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  29. Perhaps you can help me. I am looking for a video of Vande Mataram that I saw on the internet but I can't remember where. This was about a year ago and it supposedly was new then and it showed various people and locations in India. Any suggestions?

  30. Perhaps you can help me. I am looking for a video of Vande Mataram that I saw on the internet but I can't remember where. This was about a year ago and it supposedly was new then and it showed various people and locations in India. Any suggestions?

  31. @Vivek: Which one are you talking about? Every theater plays a different type of or different version of the National Anthem.

  32. @Vivek: Which one are you talking about? Every theater plays a different type of or different version of the National Anthem.

  33. Hi any body tell me from where can i download the national anthem of India which is played in theatres

  34. Hi any body tell me from where can i download the national anthem of India which is played in theatres

  35. I've update the article to reflect the details about the Indian National Anthem including a downloadable MP3 of the Various Artists version.

  36. I've update the article to reflect the details about the Indian National Anthem including a downloadable MP3 of the Various Artists version.

  37. In india, I think befor 70s, they has national anthem after every movie but people did not respect that so they no longer do it.

  38. In india, I think befor 70s, they has national anthem after every movie but people did not respect that so they no longer do it.

  39. i would stand up in my country only(INDIA) if they are doing their national anthem, it is purely a respect for the my national anthem. Because i love my country.I can devote my life of my country. I m truely INDIAN..
    JAI HIND.....................
    JAI HIND.....................
    JAI HIND.....................
    BHARAT MATA KI JAI...........

  40. i would stand up in my country only(INDIA) if they are doing their national anthem, it is purely a respect for the my national anthem. Because i love my country.I can devote my life of my country. I m truely INDIAN..
    JAI HIND.....................
    JAI HIND.....................
    JAI HIND.....................
    BHARAT MATA KI JAI...........

  41. Namaste, everone!
    I'm frustrated that the largest number of Indian peoples still loves the shit given by congress and brtishers.
    have you people of india ever tried to know what does the first and the last line in the national anthem means. that is
    jana gana mana .....jaya jaya jaya jaya he1
    okay, let me tell you the line says the same thnigs as written above but the thing that is important is who is reffered as thou (bharat bhagya vidhata) its the fuckin brithishers under whoes survillence this song was written to exxagerate their patroism. as all know it was written and sang around 1911 so we can understand what would be the curricumstances while written. according to me this song is dedicated to the fucking britishers and i hate this thing. i hope you people would like to re think about this fuckin fact.
    before finishing the topic i would suggest the book named 'bhoole bisare krantikari"
    i 've forgotten the authers name as i read the book 8 years ago but i could rememeber a song written in that told as the optional national anthekm of india suggested by the revolutionary parties that is ulmate few that was awesome, very graceful, more patroitic and makes us feel proudy. ithat had almost everything about the contry what had happened and how was our contry .to discuss this topic with me you can contact me @ sam_sandeep [email protected]

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