PM Narendra Modi Praises Ricky Kej’s Stirring Rendition of Indian National Anthem, Capturing Hearts Nationwide
New Delhi, August 16, 2023 – In a heartwarming turn of events, it seems that Grammy award-winning artist Ricky Kej’s soulful rendition of the Indian National Anthem has not only enraptured the discerning ear of Congress MP Shashi Tharoor but has also struck a profound chord with none other than Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Extending his commendation to Ricky Kej’s masterful instrumental rendition of the Indian national anthem, Prime Minister Modi lauded the rendition as “wonderful.” His words resonated with the belief that this musical tribute would not only resonate with the citizens of India but also evoke a sense of profound pride and patriotism. The unveiling of the stirring 60-second video of the anthem on X (formerly known as Twitter) on the eve of the 77th Independence Day marked a fitting prelude to the celebrations.
The creation of this remarkable recording was no ordinary feat. The meticulous labor was carried out at London’s revered Abbey Road Studios, brought to life by the resounding notes of the esteemed British Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The orchestra, renowned as the world’s largest Symphony Orchestra, was composed of a remarkable ensemble of 100 members. Kej’s video, shared on X, provided a captivating behind-the-scenes glimpse into the elaborate process behind this historic recording.
He offered insights into his role in directing the revered Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and underlined the deeply emotional resonance of the rendition, with a special emphasis on the stirring crescendo of “Jaya He,” a phrase that marks the culmination of the anthem. Kej’s fervent call to action urged viewers to engage with this historic recording respectfully, ensuring its meaningful sharing, use, and viewing.
Notably, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor’s endorsement of the video on X resonated with many. He hailed it as a “wonderfully post-colonial way to celebrate” Independence Day, reflecting the sentiments of numerous Indians who found Kej’s rendition as a touching tribute to the nation’s progress and identity.
Joining the chorus of appreciation was Amish Tripathi, an acclaimed author and the Minister (Culture & Education) at the High Commission of India in the UK. In a video message, Tripathi urged individuals to immerse themselves in Ricky Kej’s interpretation of the National Anthem, signifying the artist’s profound impact on a diverse range of admirers.
The ripple of admiration extended to Vikram Doraiswami, the Indian High Commissioner to the UK, who conveyed his gratitude to Ricky Kej for his remarkable undertaking. He conveyed, “The Indian High Commissioner to the UK warmly thanks Ricky Kej for this special rendition of the National Anthem with a 100-member orchestra from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.”
The Indian National Anthem, also known as “Jana Gana Mana,” holds a revered place in the heart of every Indian. Composed by the Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore, this anthem is not just a mere collection of words set to music, but a powerful embodiment of the nation’s spirit, unity, and diversity. The lyrics of “Jana Gana Mana” were written by Tagore in Bengali in 1911, during a time when India was still under British colonial rule.
Amidst the celebratory atmosphere that marked the 76th year of India’s independence, Prime Minister Narendra Modi ascended the iconic Red Fort in Delhi to address the nation. His speech underscored the nation’s journey towards growth and progress. However, amidst the festivities and reflections, Ricky Kej’s tribute captured the essence of the moment, reverberating with the echoes of India’s rich heritage and promising future. This harmonious commemoration encapsulated the nation’s identity and aspirations, resonating across generations.