Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Republic Day 2010

Evan and Audrey were off from school yesterday because of the Republic Day holiday (26 Jan). This year marks India's 60th anniversary under the current Constitution, which was ratified in 1950. India became Independent from Britain three years earlier in 1947. (Independence Day is celebrated on 15 August).

To mark the occasion Evan agreed to sing the Indian National anthem for me. The sound is a little low so you might have to turn your volume up.

I often here Evan singing Hindi songs to himself while he is playing. "Jana Gana Mana" is one of the first ones Evan and Audrey learned at school when we first moved to Noida.

Here are the lyrics:

'Jana gaṇa mana adhināyaka jaya heBhārata bhāgya vidhātā Punjāba Sindhu Gujarāṭa Marāṭhā Drāviḍa Utkala Banga Vindhya Himāchala Yamunā Gangā Ucchala jaladhi taranga Tava śubha nāme jāge Tava śubha āśiṣa māge Gāhe tava jaya gāthā Jana gaṇa mangala dāyaka jaya he Bhārata bhāgya vidhāta Jaya he jaya he jaya he Jaya jaya jaya jaya he!'

And here is the English translation:

'Thou art the ruler of the minds of all people, Dispenser of India's destiny. Thy name rouses the hearts of Punjab, Sind, Gujarat and Maratha, Of the Dravida and Orissa and Bengal; It echoes in the hills of the Vindhyas and Himalayas, mingles in the music of Jamuna and Ganges and is chanted by the waves of the Indian Sea. They pray for thy blessings and sing thy praise. The saving of all people waits in thy hand, Thou dispenser of India's destiny. Victory, victory, victory to thee.'


Roberta said...

Great pronunciation! Maybe he will sing a song with me when you get back. Roberta

HouseBoy said...

Do you speak Hindi? Don't think I knew that. Out of all of us Evan is the best with his Hindi! Thanks for reading and staying in touch!

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jenzim said...

That was so awesome. Mazzy and Artie both just listened and watched. I am so impressed with Evan. Mazzy wants Audrey's version now. Artie just asked when Evan is coming home.