Tornos News | Indian PM Modi moved by Greek school students reciting national Indian song (video)

Greek high school students performed the Indian national song Vande Mataram, and received praise from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, reports.

On the official Twitter handle of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’, an initiative of the Government of India to mark and commemorate 75 years of progressive India, it was said the Greek students sang “in a very beautiful and soulful manner.”

According to the account, Modi also “felicitated the students and their teachers, and said that such efforts bring people of the two countries closer.”

In the video, Modi also noted “The beauty and passion with which they have presented this song is amazing as well as commendable,” adding: “I thank the students of Greece and their teachers.”

Vande Maataram (Mother, I bow to thee) is a poem written in Bengali (with some Sanskrit words) by Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyaya in the 1870s, which he included in his 1882 Bengali novel Anandamath.

The song played a critical role in the Indian independence movement, first sung in a political context by Rabindranath Tagore at the 1896 session of the Indian National Congress.

It became a popular marching song for political activism and the Indian freedom movement in 1905.

Spiritual Indian nationalist and philosopher Sri Aurobindo referred to it as the “National Anthem of Bengal”.

The song and the novel containing it was forbidden by the British colonial government, but workers and the general public defied the ban (with many being imprisoned repeatedly for singing it in public).

The ban was overturned by the Indian government after the country gained independence from Britain in 1947.

On 24 January 1950, the Constituent Assembly of India has adopted “Vande Mataram” as the national song.

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