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Indian National Anthem Completes 100 Years

December 27th, 2011

“Jana Gana mana” Completed its Century… by this week..

On this day in 1911 that the song, penned by Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore, was first sung at the Calcutta session of the Indian National Congress.

Eventually, three years after India became independent, the Constituent Assembly officially adopted it as the country’s national anthem — on Jan 24, 1950.

Written in highly Sanskritized Bengali, it is the first of five stanzas of a hymn composed and scored by Tagore. Its formal rendition takes 52 seconds.

Tagore, however, translated “Jana Gana Mana” into English as the “Morning Song of India”, addressing god and the motherland.

Gurudev is the only individual in the world credited with the national anthem for two nations, the other being ‘Amar Sonar Bangla’ that was adopted by Bangladesh.