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Photographer's Note

This is a picture of school children singing the India National Anthem. Its a low light in which I am not good with my Tamron 70-300mm. However, improvement critiques & comments welcome.

(Certain things are difficult to define. I think an Anthem is also one such thing which is difficult to define. You cannot define but you know what happens to you when you sing it. An Anthem becomes an anthem when praise, devotion and patriotism is showered in personification of the nation you belong to.

The Indian National Anthem (Rashtra Gaan) reads and means as follows:

Jana gaṇa mana adhināyaka jaya he
Bhārata bhāgya vidhātā
Punjāba Sind 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!

ENGLISH

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 Ocean.
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, Victory to thee.)

Cheers,
Satyakki

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