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‘Jana Gana Mana’ has united people of India, says Mamata Banerjee

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday asserted that the national anthem ‘Jana Gana Mana’ has united the people of the country and inspired them over the years.

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She further added that the song written by Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore and sung for the first time on this day in 1911, was a tribute to Bengals role in the country’s struggle for independence.

In a tweet, CM Mamata Banerjee said, “Jana Gana Mana was first sung on this day in 1911. Our National Anthem has united us and inspired the nation over the years. A song composed by Rabindranath Tagore to be chosen as the National Anthem, is also a tribute to #Bangla’s leading role in the freedom movement.”

‘Jana Gana Mana’ was originally composed as Bharoto Bhagyo Bidhata in Bengali by Rabindranath Tagore. The first stanza of the song Bharoto Bhagyo Bidhata was adopted by the Constituent Assembly of India as the National Anthem on 24 January 1950.

A formal rendition of the national anthem takes approximately fifty-two seconds. A shortened version consisting of the first and last lines (and taking about 20 seconds to play) is also staged occasionally. It was first publicly sung on 27 December 1911 at the Kolkata Session of the Indian National Congress. The poem was translated into Hindi by Abid Ali.

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