“Ai Mere Vatan Ke Logo...”
“Ai Mere Vatan Ke Logo, Zara aankh mein bhar lo paani,
Jo shaheed hue hain unkee, Zara yaad karo qurbaanee....”
O! my fellow countrymen!
Let tears fill your eyes.
But always remember,
For the sake of Nation
Sacrificed their lives.
This 50 years old well known patriotic song reminds of first Chinese aggression on Indian soil in 1962. Written by Poet Pradeep and music composed by C. Ramachandran, this song was performed live by Lata Mangeshkar (then 34 years old) on January 27, 1963 in a concert held at National Stadium New Delhi in the presence of the then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. The concert was organised by Govt of India in aid of families of our brave-heart soldiers who sacrificed their lives during the Chinese aggression on
in 1962. India
Behind the slogans of Hindi Chini Bhai Bhai,
was taken unaware by
treacherous Chinese. Our Army was not well equipped for subzero
warfare. Our soldiers were not equipped with capable armament. They had no
option but to fight in freezing temperature,
with outdated weapons of WWII and winter clothing
that was insufficient for sub zero and high altitude location. India
To help Indian Government raise funds to equip Indian Army, Indian Film Industry organised a function in
where Lata Mangeshkar sang this song. Moved by
the lyrics of the song, the then Prime Minister Jawaharlal
Nehru was observed wiping his damp eyes during the performance. The
entry tickets were priced at Rs 25, 50, 100 and 200, which, in today’s value is
approximately 30 times the value. New
Though television in
started in April 1959, with an experimental telecast, through a small
transmitter in a makeshift studio in n 1963, there was no provision for live outdoor telecasting. This program was
broadcast live, by All India Radio and it was relayed by all radio stations in Delhi, i . India
In the touching lyrics, poet Pradeep aptly expressed his emotions after he too was moved by the sacrifices of the ill-equipped Indian soldiers in Sino-Indian war.
The original song had sound of a DC-3 (Dakota) aircraft flying over the venue. So the Gramophone Company Ltd., owners of trade mark "His Master’s Voice" gramophone records and the only recording company in
for a retake of this song in their recording studios. Lata Mangeshkar sang this
song once again at HMV’s sound studio in Mumbai. Professional quality retake of the song was released
on 78 RPM gramophone records (the only format in vogue those days). India those days
All the artists, technicians, musical instrument players, involved with this song, (totaling about 175), including singer Lata Mangeshkar, music director C. Ramachandran, lyricist Pradeep, technicians and sound recordists, did not charge for their professional performance and rather donated additional funds to Armed Forces War Widows Fund. The Gramophone Company of
donated entire profit
received by sale of these records, to National Defence Fund. India
This was an exemplary soul touching song that received an equally exemplary popularity and an unusual display of heart warming patriotism by Indians.
The song concludes as follows:
Jai Hind, Jai Hind Ki Sena