Never mind the brief but furious debate over Rabindranath Tagore’s use of the word ‘adhinayak’ in the National Anthem, this soul-stirring Bengali version of Jana Gana Mana will leave you wiping away tears of emotion.
Titled “Bharoto Bhagyo Bidhata,” the video is available on YouTube and belongs to filmmaker Srijit Mukherji’s new offering Rajkahini, based on the 1947 Partition of Bengal. Bharoto Bhagya Bidhata has been sung by a motley crew of Bengal’s leading vocalists – including Kabir Suman, Rupankar Bagchi, Anupam Roy, Sraboni Sen and Babu Supriyo – all of whom appear in the video.
The ensemble cast includes a smattering of faces familiar to Bollywood viewers – Rituparna Chatterjee, Jisshu Sengupta from Piku, Saswata Chatterjee who was Bob Biswas in Kahaani – as well several Bengali stalwarts like Abir Chatterjee and Lily Chakraborty.
Watch this compelling version of Jana Gana Mana: