The Telegraph
Sunday , October 27 , 2013

The singer and his songs

Bengal and the music of India’s popular imagination are twinned. Our patriotic music is, in its greatest and best part, derived from that part of the country. The national song, “Vande mataram” (1882) and the national anthem, “Jana gana mana” (1911), gifted to us by Bankimchandra Chatt...   | Read..
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