KOLKATA: It was on this day a hundred years ago that the song was first sung at a public gathering. The occasion: Calcutta session of theIndian National Congress. On Tuesday, the city celebrated the 100th year of the first public performance of the song that later became the national anthem of Independent India.
The audience - that included governor M K Narayanan and chief minister Mamata Banerjee- at the historic Town Hall was taken down the memory lane as the life and times of Rabindranath Tagore, the composer of Jana Gana Mana, was depicted at a cultural programme organised and presented by filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh.
Renowned artists, including Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty, Bickram Ghosh, Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Srikanto Acharya and Jaya Seal Ghosh, had come together to make the presentation a memorable one.
"This was an outstanding presentation. Rituparno Ghosh has more than fulfilled the legend of the anthem. Witnessing the last audio-visual that had a very special group of children singing the national anthem was a very moving moment of my life," said Narayanan.
Mamata too heaped praises on the participants. "The manner in which the culture of entire India was showcased was in keeping with the characteristics of Tagore's works," the chief minister said.