It is said that Jawahar lal Nehru, our Prime Minister, was moved to tears when he heard Lata Ji sing the song “Ae Mere Watan Ke Logon”. For every Indian who hears this song it is bound to evoke emotions as it touches the patriotic chords within us. Writers, Musicians, Singers, Artists and Film Makers have, over the years, produced many such patriotic numbers that remain etched in our hearts and cut across generations.
If a poem from Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay’s 1882 novel Anandamath gave us “Vande Mataram”, if the freedom struggle gave us umpteen songs, if the wars of 60s and 70s gave us the golden patriotic melodies and if in recent times the movies Roja, Pardes, Border, Swadesh, Rang De Basanti contributed through their songs, one thing that runs across the decades is that these are songs about India, about our unity, country and countrymen, about the sacrifices and rising to the occasion, about the glory and greatness that is India.
If these songs make us swell with pride, add nostalgia, give us moist eyes, make us re-commit ourselves to our nation and bring out the Indian-ness in us all its…Kyunki Yeh Tune Hai Hindustani.
This Independence day, Localturnon takes a look at some of these “Hindustani Tunes” that turn on the Nationalist Quotient.
Though there are various versions of this one including the recent one done by A.R.Rahman but there is something about this 1951 classic number from the movie “Anand Math” and sung by Hemant Kumar
Ae Mere Watan Ke Logon
Lata Ji gives soul to this song composed by C Ramachandra, written by Kavi Pradeep and was in honour of the Indian soldiers who lost their lives in the 1962 war with China.
Mile Sur Mera Tumhara
Okay, so this number had every Indian growing up during the 80s / 90s hooked to the song & video. It had all – the melody, the artists, sportsmen, eminent personalities, each corner of the country represented. Perhaps one of its kind that defines “evergreen”.
Bharat Hum ko Jaan Se Pyaara Hai
What happens when A.R.Rahman and Hariharan come together. The Roja Music. And this song was about Unity, Diversity. When you listen you come across the lyrics, the highs and lows on Tempo and the soft melodious voice of Hariharan.
Aye Mere Pyare Watan
Manna Dey lends his voice to the 1961 hit movie Kabuliwala starring Balraj Sahni, Usha Kiran, Paul Mahendra. Low on use of number of music instruments it scored high on emotions and impact !
Dil Diya Hai Jaan Bhi denge
Movie was Karma. The movie showcased the Independence Day Celebrations with this song and aptly had the lyrics and tune in sync about unity, sacrifice and commitment to the Nation.
Kandhon Se Milte Hain Kandhe
The Kargil War based movie “Lakshya” had Shankar Mahadevan, Sonu Nigam, Hariharan, Roop Kumar Rathod, Kunal Ganjawala and Vijay Prakash’s voices. What was also significant about this song was that it was adopted extensively for motivational sessions by Corporates for their employees – Airtel being one of them.
Des Mere Des Mere
This is from the movie “The Legend of Bhagat Singh”. Starts of on a soft melodious tune and then gains the tempo. Talks about the nation with pride and laying down life for it. What makes for a interesting watch is the moving narrative along with the song.
SAARE JAHAAN SE ACHHA HINDUSTAN
Its one of the songs you learn first in school. Though there are different versions the one presented is here is from the movie “Bhai – Behan” and is sung by Asha Ji.
Jana Gana Mana
It graces all official occasions, National & International events and anywhere and everywhere the country gets represented. Its sung in all morning assemblies across schools and colleges and is an integral part of what symbolizes India.
While these are just some of the numerous songs and tunes that are about our great country and its Patriotism, we at Localturnon firmly believe that the true “Hindustani Tune” is one that is about putting the Nation first, about loving and trusting its citizens, about doing things that are Nationalistic in thoughts and deeds. Its only then that the tune will yield the melody that it holds.