Jana Gana Mana turns 100 today
The anthem was first performed on December 27, 1911 at the Indian National Congress session in Calcutta when the outfit was associated with the country`s independence movement.
Rabindranath Tagore translated "Jana Gana Mana" from Bengali to English in 1911 and also set it to music in Madanapalle, a small town in Rayalaseema region of Andhra Pradesh. After it was translated into English, Indian students took the song beyond the country`s borders making it `The Morning Song of India` and subsequently the national anthem.
Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose`s Indian National Army adopted Jana Gana Mana as the National Anthem, while Father of Nation Mahatma Gandhi had in 1946 said the "the song has found a place in our national life."
The song was selected as the national anthem of India in 1950 after considerable debate overruled Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay`s popular Bengali song `Vande Mataram` in the face of opposition from certain communities.