Mumbai—Supriyo Tagore, the surviving family member of late Rabindranath Tagore believes that generally the National Anthem has to be played after the end of any public function or or the programme.
His great grand-father, Satyendranath Tagore was the elder brother of Rabindranath Tagore, who wrote this Anthem in 1911.
“Look, the National Anthem is made to sing after the event but people in our country have become impatient and don’t wait till Jaya he, jaya he, jaya he (the last stanza of the Anthem) is finished. The people have been at their seats for hours but can’t wait for 52 seconds (the official timing of the finish of the Anthem) more”, he said over telephone from Kolkata,where, he came from Shantiniketan (his official residence now) to see a doctor.
“People should respect the country. But we can’t do anything if people don’t wait till the function is over and the Anthem is finished”.
“It is a good decision on part of the organizers to invite Amitabh Bachhan to sing Anthem at the India-Pakistan match (on Saturday). I am happy with this choice”.
India’s National Anthem was first sung on 28 December 1911 at the Indian National Congress.
“Whenever the National Anthem is played I get excited. The ICC has rightly adopted the practice of singing national anthems of all participating teams in their big events”, he added. Interestingly, late Rabindranath Tagore also wrote National Anthems for two other participating teams in the ongoing World T20.
“Rabindranath Tagore is the only one in the world who has written National Anthems for three different countries. The National Anthem for Sri Lanka was also first written by him in Bengali which was later translated in their local language. Amar Sonar Bangla (“Our Golden Bengal”) is Bangladesh’s National Anthem which was also written by Rabindranath ji”.
Supriyo Tagore has interest in the game of cricket and watches match on TV. “Because of my age, I don’t go to the Eden Gardens but I do keep myself aware of the scores”, he signed off.