The role of music in India’s fight for independence stands undisputed. We’ve all grown up on tales of our grandparents and parents marching through streets of pre-independence India, singing songs to rouse fellow Indians to join the fight for freedom. And then there were songs celebrating the hard-won freedom, rejoicing in the memories of heroes who fought for it.
It is only befitting, then, that Insperante chose to celebrate India’s 74th Independence Day with music! An open mic singing session where guests and participants sang their favourite patriotic songs, be it melodies from recent Bollywood songs or poems that are now a part of our history.
A mesmerizing rendition of ‘Saare jahaan se accha’ by famed classical singer Ustad Ghulam Abbas and the heart wrenching notes of ‘Aye mere pyaare watan’ sung by advertising bigwig Piyush Jaiswal left the audience misty eyed. An enthusiastic ‘Kandhon se milte hain kandhe’ by media expert Swapnali Sachdeva boosted the deshbhakti spirit. Malvika Hariom’s poems were a reminder of all the beautiful things that make our country.
The presence of Major General Vikram Dogra, the first Indian Army officer to have completed the Ironman Triathlon, was the crowning glory! For the uninitiated, the Ironman is one of the most difficult sporting events in the world – it is a true test of endurance. And it is this very endurance that Major General Dogra spoke at length about, giving us a glimpse at the iron will that led him to success!
The patriotic songs special brought back memories of the times we’d all practice hard to achieve the near perfect pitch of immortal songs like ‘Aye mere watan ke logon’ or ‘Bharat humko jaan se pyara hai’ for Independence Day celebrations in school.
If we had to describe the open mic session of patriotic songs, we’d say it gave us an adrenaline rush, the kind one gets when the Indian tricolour unfurls before your eyes.
About The Songs
- Vande Mataram is a Bengali poem written by Bankim Chandra Chatterjee, it was included in his 1882 novel Anandamath.
- Sare jahan se accha, an Urdu language song, was written by poet Muhammad Iqbal and first published in the weekly journal Ittehad on 16 August, 1904.
- Aye mere pyaare watan, written by Prem Dhawan, composed by Salil Choudhury and sung by Manna Dey is from the movie Kabuliwala (1961).
- Bharat humko is a song Roja (1992), written by P.K. Mishra, composed by A. R. Rahman and sung by Hariharan.
- Kandhon se milte hain kandhe, a multi-voiced patriotic song is from the movie Lakshya (2004); it was written by Javed Akhtar and composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy.