- Jana Gana Mana Video
The [http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=7399792002477900458&q=jana+gana+mana Jana Gana Mana - Indian National Anthem] was a historic video released
January 26, 2000to mark the 50th year of the Indian Republic. It has the distinction of being released by the then President of India, in the Central Hall of the Indian Parliament. It was produced by Bharat Balaand Kanika Myer and published by Ministry of Culture, Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India.
Bharat Bala and
A. R. Rahmancame together to create a historic album called 'Jana Gana Mana'. This was a project in which over 35 top artistes of the nation came together to sing or play the Indian National Anthem, " Jana Gana Mana". The project had started as "Desh Ka Salaam" which was telecast in Indian TV channels and on the web on August 15, 1999, in which several great Indian musicians, from the classical to the contemporary, came together to give a soulful and modern rendition of the National Anthem. The video was released on January 26, 2000.
The music was produced and arranged by A R Rahman. The video was produced by
Bharat Bala Productions.
*A R Rahman
D. K. Pattammal
*Pandit Bhimsen Joshi
Mangalampalli Balamurali Krishna
Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty
Begum Parveen Sultana
*Ustad Rashid Khan
Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan
Smt. Shruti Sadolikar
*Dr S P Balasubramaniam
Saddiq Khan Langa
Ghulam Murtaza Khan
Ghulam Qadir Khan
*Flute: Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia
Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Amaan Ali Bangash, Ayaan Ali Bangash
*Santoor: Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, Rahul Sharma
*Ghattam: Vikku Vinayakram, Uma Shankar
*Mohan Veena: Pandit
Vishwa Mohan Bhatt
*Saxophone: Kadri Gopalnath
Ustad Sultan Khan
*Sitar: Pandit Kartick Kumar, Niladri Kumar
*Violin: Kumaresh, Ganesh
*Conductor: K. Srinivas Murthy
*Cello: Ramsekar, R K Vijayandran, Bidyur Khayal
*Tympany: Kumar, Karthikeyan
*Violin: M Kalyanasundaram, Jerry Fernandes, Cyril Fernandes, R Joseph, K Murali, B J Chandru, B Balu, Murali, Dinakar, Rex Isaac, Debu Ashish, PJ Sebastian, P S Ramachandran
*Mridangam: D A Srinivas
*Harp: R Visweswaran
Bharat Bala and Kanika had been working together on various projects such as Vande Mataram (
1996, 1998) and Desh Ka Salaam ( 1999) when they realised that there was not a single popular rendering of the Indian National Anthem. They thus decided to re-create the National Anthem in a year 2000version, something that should be 'inspiring for young people to listen to.'
Bharat Bala Productions roped in A R Rahman to produce the music and 60 artistes were taken to
Ladakhin North India to film the video for the instrumental version of the video. The final instrumental was a 40-piece string section along with Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, Vikku Vinayakramand other instrumental maestros of Indian classical music. Most of the performances included two generations of maestros - fathers and sons. In Kanika’s words, "It was a huge musical unification... this anthem has so much of soul."
It is also notable that during the filming of the anthem with the Ladakh Scouts, there were about 500 jawans who fought during the Kargil war. The producers hoisted a huge flag about 40 feet long for the video in their honour.
Thota Tharini, an artist based out of Madraspainted what is now the Vande Mataramlogo for the video.
* [http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=7399792002477900458&q=jana+gana+mana Jana Gana Mana Video] on Google Video
* [http://bbp.co.in/ Bharat Bala Productions]
A. R. Rahman
* [http://www.khojhyderabad.com/Ent/Profiles/A%20R%20Rahman.asp A R Rahman - Khoj]
* [http://www.rediff.com/broadband/2000/aug/15art.htm Featured Artist List] on Rediff
* [http://www.rediff.com/broadband/2000/aug/29trans.htm The Making of the Jana Gana Mana Album] - Interview transcript on Rediff
* [http://www.rediff.com/broadband/2000/aug/15lead.htm Jana Gana Mana] , [http://www.rediff.com/broadband/2000/aug/29lead.htm The Making]
* [http://www.pvv.ntnu.no/~kailasan/articles/jana_gana_mana.htm Effort to popularise national anthem] , Hindustan Times
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