Posted on August 19, 2012 at 2:18 am

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BHAGYA VIDHATA – The Architects of India's Destiny! "Jana Gana Mana"

National anthems worldwide often become ritualised with its adherents paying  little attention to the words or their underlying meaning. As India prepared to  celebrate its 65th Independence Day Wednesday, a new documentary seeks to search  for the essence of the country’s national anthem. What is the real India?

“Bharat Bhagya Vidhataa: The Architects of India’s Destiny” is filmmaker  Shashi Vyas’s way to “explore the spirit” of the Indian national anthem. It will  hold its inaugural screening in Mumbai Wednesday. Check out the documentary and video below! The documentary traces the countrywide journey of Mumbai youths Anshul  Ramnani, Vaibhav Wali and Juby Devasia looking for the essence of India outside  their urban cocoon. Narrated by popular actor Boman Irani, the documentary was  inspired by the 100th anniversary of the anthem in 2011. Check out the documentary below which has also been shot by our A&R Ashish Narula!

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=tp8UiU3KKOg

 

Slickly shot, the aim of

“Bharat Bhagya Vidhata” is to connect India’s  younger generations to the glorious struggles that the anthem represents and  “rediscover India through fresh eyes”.

“It is a journey to understand the traditions and values that still hold  strong as the backbone of India, the values that are personified by its common  men and women who work tirelessly, with integrity and courage, in order to make  a difference, because they understand the power and responsibility of being a  citizen,” says a backgrounder to the movie.

For Vyas, the film’s conceptualiser and producer, the quest began at age 17  when a person who had taken part in the country’s freedom movement asked him:  “You stand up and sing your national anthem. Do you even know what it means?” A little over four decades later, Vyas also seems to be looking for the  answer from the standpoint of the urban protagonists.

“At that time I considered myself to be fairly well versed with the Indian  nationalistic movement and prevalent culture yet there I sat, unable to answer  this question with any degree of clarity.” “It jolted me. Later I went on to set up my chartered accountancy practice  and got caught up in the humdrum of day to day life, but this question lingered  in my subconscious,” Vyas was quoted as saying by the official backgrounder.

In the documentary, the three get to meet and engage prominent Indians such  as Infosys founder Narayana Murthy, environmentalist Bittu Sehgal, well known  theater personality Vijaya Mehta and activist Sunitha Krishnan

“Jana Gana Mana” was written and composed by Rabindranath Tagore and first  sung at the Calcutta session of the Indian National Congress Dec 27, 1911. It  was adopted as the national anthem by the Constituent Assembly Jan 24, 1950.