Independence Day: Bollywood singers recall being part of diverse versions of Jana Gana Mana

Aug 15, 2017, 08:29 IST | Soumya Vajpayee Tiwari

On Independence Day, India's leading musicians recall their experiences of being part of diverse versions of Jana Gana Mana

Neeti Mohan
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.
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Sonu nigam
[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.
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Salim Merchant
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.
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Kailash Kher
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.

Benny Dayal
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.
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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.
Call: 65876777

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. 
Call: 28929333

Falguni Pathak will perform at Krisna Utsav presented by Gujarati mid-day to celebrate Janmashtami.

Time: 7 pm
At: Shanmukhananda Hall, Sion.
Call: 24078888

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