Top 5 Patriotic Songs for Independent India

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1. Teri Mitti, Kesari (2019) -

The song is a heart-touching addition to our old list of ghazals and shayaris that make one just a little bit more proud to be a part of your Nation. To fight for your Nation, To live for your Nation, To love your Nation.

The singer, B Praakh wrote this beautiful piece for the song Kesari which revolved around the story of 21 Sikhs and their extreme bravery portrayed during a battle with the British Indian Army in defense for the Fort of Saragarhi. The singer was extremely attached to this piece of lyrical, so much so that he was upset that the song didn’t garner awards as much as it deserved. 

2. Ae Watan, Raazi (2018) -

Bollywood’s favorite, Arijit Singh, was the original singer of the song. Another version, female, was sung by Sunidhi Chauhan and Shankar, Ehsaan, Loy. There are background differences between both of these but the lyrical version is the most beloved. The song garnered immense praise and received several awards and nominations.

3. Maa Tujhe Salaam, Vande Mataram (1997) - 

A.R Rahman, the artist says this song is something he wanted to create for someone’s mother. It has to be personal. And surely, every Indian chanting ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ has come across this song at least once in their lifetime. The track holds two Guinness World Records for being the song performed in the most number of languages.

Rahman said: "I dedicate this album to the future generations of India. I wish that this album inspires them to grow up with the wealth of human values and ethics that this country is made of."

4. Jai Ho, Slumdog Millionaire (2008) - 

The film Slumdog Millionaire which was based on the slums in India won many awards including 8 out of 10 nominations in the Academy Awards or popularly known as The Oscars in the year 2009 including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay. It won seven BAFTA Awards including Best Film, five Critics' Choice Awards, and four Golden Globes.

5. Chak De India, Chak De! India (2007) - 

Some say this song and the movie deserved to be a part of the 100 crore club. Sukhwinder Singh, Salim Merchant, Marianne D’cruz. The song won a Filmfare among other prestigious awards. 

Next time you feel that love for your country, or reading a piece of ill-feeding news about yet another politician, tune in, rewoke the positive sentiments, and strive for the betterment.

Written by - Bushra Makhdoomi

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