Here are some patriotic numbers that you listen to every year on Republic Day and Independence Day and still do not get bored. Most are from Bollywood, like Mere Desh Ki Dharti, Ae Mere Pyare Watan and Yeh Desh Hai Veer Jawanon Kaa, while Aye Mere Watan Ke Logo is a non-film song. Click on videos below to watch.
1. Mere Desh Ki Dharti – Upkar
This is the all-time favourite song coming from the Bollywood stable. Sung by Mahendra Kapoor for actor Manoj Kumar, it is one of the first songs to be played at flag-hoisting ceremonies.
2. Nanha Munna Rahi Hoon – Son of India
Everyone remembers this song of a little boy scout singing of being his motherland’s soldier and bringing about modernisation, with wonderful visuals of the country. Cute and also igniting the right patriotic spirit among the children.
Nanha Munna Rahi Hoon – Son of India – Cute animated version
3. Yeh Desh Hai Veer Jawano Kaa – Naya Daur
This lovely song from Naya Daur has thespians Dilip Kumar and Ajit singing. The playback was by Mohammed Rafi and Balbeer and the music and lyrics were by O P Nayyar and Sahir Ludhianvi.
4. Chhodo Kal Ki Baatein – Hum Hindustani
This Sunil Dutt song was about a post-Independence India looking for a change in the country, trying to get over the British colonial rule and adjusting to the modern post-World War II scenario.
5. Ae Mere Pyare Watan – Kabuliwala
This soothing number from Kabuliwala is a Manna Dey all-time great, a song he rendered for the great actor Balraj Sahni.
6. Rang De Basanti Chola – Shaheed
Another Manoj Kumar classic from his film Shaheed. The song inspired modern versions in movies like The Legend of Bhagat Singh and Rang De Basanti.
7. Aye Mere Watan Ke Logon – Lata Mangeskar, Kavi Pradeep, C Ramachandra
The song brought tears to Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru’s eyes when Lata Mangeshkar rendered it after the Indo-China war, written by the famous Kavi Pradeep and scored by C Ramachandra, Aye Mere Watan Ke Logo is not a film song. And yet it remains an all-time favourite.
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