8 interesting facts about the Indian National Anthem

It is an impulse in every single Indian to stand up the second you hear the pride bringing words from our national anthem, leaving all that one is busy with. Touching composition and the evocative lyrics surely move you into the realm of patriotism, at least momentarily. Listening to the words “Jana Gana Mana…” in school assembly fills our heart with the quintessence of patriotism and nationalism. We all feel delighted and honored as an Indian to sing the National Anthem with all the feelings in our heart for the country. But most of them don’t know some interesting facts about Indian National Anthem.

In the most of the competitive examination especially UPSC IAS Exam, several questions have been asked from about our national flag, nation anthem, language etc. here we are giving some interesting facts which will be helpful in exam point of view.


National Anthem of India

Jana gana mana adhi naayaka jaya hai!
Bhaarat bhaagya vidhaata
Punjab Sindh Gujarat Maraatha,
Dravid Utkala Bangaa.
Vindhya Himachala Yamuna Ganga,
Uchhala jaladhi taranga.
Tava shubh naame jaage,
Tava shubh aashish maage,
Gahe tava jaya-gaatha.
Jana-gana-mangaladayaka jaya hai!
Bharat bhagya vidhata.
Jaya hai! Jaya hai! Jaya hai!
Jaya Jaya Jaya Jaya hai!



The National Anthem of India was written by Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore. He has written the National Anthem of Bangladesh as well.


The lines of the National Anthem of India was originally set in Raga Alhaiya Bilawal, still, it is sung with slight variations to the classical form of the raga.


The first version of the ‘Jana Gana Mana’ was sung in a convention of the Indian National Congress in 1911 at Calcutta.


In 1942, ‘Jana Gana Mana’ was performed (not sung) for the first time in Hamburg.


The Jana Gana Mana was declared as India’s National Anthem on 24th January 1950.


The official version of the National Anthem of India should take 52 seconds by law, and not 54 seconds.


In 2015, Rajasthan Governor has demanded to replace the word ‘Adhinayaka’ with the word ‘Mangal’, constructing his contention in light of the myth Tagore himself smashed in 1939 it.


 Subhas Chandra Bose had authorized a free translation of the National Anthem of India from Sanskritized Bengali to a well-known form in Hindustani. Captain Abid Ali of the Indian National Army (INA) had shaped the version called ‘Subh Sukh chain’.


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