Raj Shekhar, lyricist
Aye Mere Watan Ke Logon
The tune Aye mere watan ke logon, which was sung by Lata Mangeshkar, and written by Kavi Pradeep, embodies every little thing various about our nation. Written as a tribute to the martyrs of the 1962 conflict, it’s a one-of-its-kind tune that gained a lot reputation with out being a movie tune. It was sung at a public perform on January 27, 1963, and was meant to lift funds for the Army Welfare Fund. The tune brings within the diversified backgrounds of the troopers who’ve come collectively — koi Sikh, koi Jaat, Maratha, koi Gurkha — however the attention-grabbing factor is, the soldier doesn’t actually suppose that he’s dying or preventing for a selected group or group. The tune goes into Sarhad pe marne walah, har veer tha bharatwasi, jo khoon gira woh khoon tha Hindustani, tying in with the concept of 1 nation.
Mile Sur Mera Tumhara and Des Raag
I believe these PSAs (Public Service Announcements) from Doordarshan, set a price system in place, for individuals like me who grew up within the ’80s. Mile sur mera tumhara, makes use of the range of Indian languages, dance and tradition and added a liberal serving to of cricketers and Bollywood stars. The tune’s first line is Mile sur mera tumhara, toh sur bane hamara. The toh is essential as a result of there may be the situation that provided that the separate tunes come collectively, will the melody kind. Des Raag alternatively took us via the assorted folks and classical dance and musical types of India. It was a capsule for every little thing inventive — Kathakali, Odissi, Bharatnatyam, Alla Rakha and Zakir Hussain, Hariprasad Chaurasia, Amjad Ali Khan, the jal tarang. Acceptance of variations was a given, they usually had been celebrated at massive.
Maa Tujhe Salaam
This was on the peak of the pop fever in India, and AR Rahman launched his album Maa Tujhe Salaam and the title monitor ‘Celebrating the true spirit of India’ offers one goose bumps. The video — these had been the times of music movies — was shot throughout Rajasthan, Kutch, Ladakh, Kerala. Children from throughout the nation are seen operating with abandon, within the celebration of this one nation, they usually all collect round this large Indian flag, looming over the horizon.
Anurupa Roy, puppeteer
AK Ramanujan and Stuart Blackburn’s e-book, A Flowering Tree and Other Oral Tales from India, is a set of tales from each state. Apart from fashionable folks tales, there’s a foreward from Blackburn and Ramanujan that claims that it is a tradition that actually understands the ability of the story. We have so many tales in India and 300 variations of the Ramayana alone, which incorporates Akbar’s commissioned Ramayana and the Bodhisattva’s Ramayana and, throughout the seas, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos have their very own Ramayana. With the tales, be it Gopal Bhad, Mullah Nasruddin, Birbal or Tenali Ram, you may have archetypes throughout the nation that remind you that the underdog or the bottom man within the meals chain can have his say, the omnipotent will fall and the powers-that-be might be made enjoyable of. Each time I learn it, I’m reminded that, it doesn’t matter what mainstream narrative there may be, there may be additionally the opposite narrative.
Ranveer Brar, chef and tv persona
To me, the one Indian dish that actually represents our variety is the biryani. When it involves meals, what unites us all as Indians is our love for biryani, irrespective of the place we come from. There are many variations, from the Moplah Biryani in Kerala to the Lucknow Biryani to the Hyderabad Biryani. Yes, there’s a raging debate over which biryani is the most effective, and which is the most effective accompaniment, and if potato is a respectable a part of the dish. But I imagine that these debates solely preserve the eagerness for biryani alive.
GR Iranna, artist
Naavu is an set up impressed by the Dandi March, the place everybody got here collectively for a trigger, no matter caste, creed, faith or career. It turned out to be a deeply spiritual act. The phrase naavu actually means “we are together” in Kannada. Currently exhibiting on the Venice Biennale, the work includes greater than 600 padukas or picket slippers displayed on a wall that’s 60 x 15 ft. Collected from throughout India, I’ve given a definite identification to every paduka and used objects equivalent to ghungroo and scissors, to symbolize individuals from completely different professions. Though we belong to various backgrounds, now we have shared frequent values and respect diversified opinions, which is a Gandhian splendid.
Vivek Shanbag, writer
The Picador Book of Modern Indian Literature, edited by Amit Chaudhuri, brings all of it collectively, with essays, tales and excerpts translated from completely different languages. From Rabindranath Tagore, Vaikom Muhammad Basheer, and Naiyer Masud, to Premchand, and Nirad C Chaudhuri, the tales current numerous cultures inside the nation. Through Masud’s Sheesha Ghat, one will get a flavour of Urdu, and thru Basheer’s phrases, you get a way of the lyrical Malayalam prose. Each story within the e-book is so distinctive but every feels linked to one another.
Aruna Sairam, Vocalist
The idea of variety must be understood as completely different paths with the identical finish aim. A couple of months in the past, I did a live performance with about 70 kids, which was a journey via India. We sang patriotic songs from completely different languages of India. There was Chinnaswami Subramania Bharathi’s Tamil poetry, which translated into “This my country and it’s called Bharat and I am so proud to be in this country that my eyes swell up with tears as I utter her name”. Among numerous songs, there was Lata ji’s (Mangeshkar) iconic Aye mere watan ke logon for Hindi and GD Madgulkar’s famed conflict tune in Marathi, Jinku kinva maru (Should I die for my nation), and Bankim Chandra Chatterjee’s Vande mataram in Bengali. Since I did this with kids, who typically sing of their inhibited, pure voices, it gave the night a very completely different dimension. I imagine that music is among the most potent methods during which variety could be understood. It is among the few methods that may lead us in the best course.
Hanif Qureshi, inventive director and co-founder of St+Art India
In Lodhi Colony, Delhi, is a vibrant wall with portraits of Indian women and men from all walks of life. Painted by the transgender group this 12 months, it’s the greatest instance of freedom of expression. Spearheaded by Bengaluru-based artwork collective Aravani Art Project, the mural offers a brand new means of taking a look at transgenders, particularly as artists. It offers them a platform that’s inclusive and everybody has a narrative to inform. The mural sums up variety visually and depicts simply how we’re as a rustic and tradition.