Independence Day: Bollywood singers recall being part of diverse versions of Jana Gana Mana
On Independence Day, India's leading musicians recall their experiences of being part of diverse versions of Jana Gana Mana
I contributed to Jana Gana Mana — The Soul Of India featuring Sonu Nigam, Nooran Sisters and P Unnikrishnan composed in August 2015. We paid tribute to the Indian Army. It was a reminder for the people to not take our freedom for granted.
Listen to it: bit.ly/2w5kqzj
[What Neeti spoke about] was an initiative by Bickram Ghosh and myself. The serene version also featured Papon. The unique feature of that version was the supporting harmony. It lilts in the background like a harmony distinct from the original composition, but acts as counter support to the main melody.I shot the video in Kolkata. Riingo Banerjee directed it. We shot it a day after my birthday (July 30), so it was an absolute blast on set. The version was widely acclaimed for its istinctiveness.
Listen to it: bit.ly/2uFqMSr
I wanted my favourite singers Sonu Nigam, Shreya Ghoshal, Sunidhi Chauhan and Shaan, who have contributed so much to our industry, to sing the National Anthem (released in 2015 as a tribute to the unsung heroes of 26/11). We wanted to create a contemporary version with minimal instrumentation, with just acoustic guitar, piano and some voices doing harmonies.
Listen to it: bit.ly/1Ny7NRk
I did a version of the National Anthem in which I sang extra verses penned by Rabindranath Tagore, which are not usually recited. I composed another version last year for Haryana Day. PM Narendra Modi attended the event.
Last year, for Republic Day, I contributed to an amazing version of the National Anthem with Salim Merchant, Rekha Bhardwaj and Shilpa Rao. We paid tribute to the pulse of the nation — the common man, who has been serving us in silence. It was called the People’s Anthem.
Listen to it: bit.ly/2vB7M8P
I-Day gigs to attend
Folk singer Vibha Rani will present songs from Mithila at an event titled Namak.
Time: 8 pm
At: CLAP, Malad West.
Singers Shamika Bhide and Swarangi Marathe will perform at Swarhotra, a concert of classical and semi-classical music.
Time: 11 am onwards
At: Prabodhankar Thackeray Hall, Borivali West.
Falguni Pathak will perform at Krisna Utsav presented by Gujarati mid-day to celebrate Janmashtami.
Time: 7 pm
At: Shanmukhananda Hall, Sion.
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