Jana gana mana chhattisgarh

National Anthem in Chhattisgarh
For the first time after Chhattisgarh was carved out of Madhya Pradesh on November 1, 2000, screening of National anthem before movies in approx. 60 theatres across the state has been made mandatory from 1st November 2011.
The National Anthem is shown in the form of a film titled “Jana Gana Mana”. The excise department has issued a notification to all cinema hall owners in this regard. Created by Ujjwal Deepak who hails from Chhattisgarh, this film encompasses the rich culture, heritage, arts & tourism of the state. The progressive state’s industrial, education and agricultural development have been showcased in a creative way.
World Famous Panwani Singer- Padma Bhushan Teejan Bai, Amul Voice of India participant Zakir Hussain, Sa-Re-Ga-Ma finalist Sumedha Karmahe, Padma Shri J M Nelson, Alka Chandrakar, Superstar of Chhattisgarhi Films - Anuj Sharma, Satish Jain, Yogesh Agarwal, Kavita Vasnik, runner up of Indian Idol Season 1 -Amit Sana, Satyajit Dubey- Lead of Shahrukh Khan Production’s “Always Kabhi Kabhi”, Ritu Verma, Nattha of Peepli Live - Mr. Onkardas Manikpuri are among the famous personalities who have featured in the film.
The Concept
As a mark of respect to the nation, the practice of playing the national anthem at movie and drama theatres is followed in many countries. In India, some decades ago, it was mandatory to sing National Anthem after the screening of movies in Cinema halls, however, in a rush to leave the theatre, spectators did not stand up during the National Anthem and thus it was disrespected. This patriotic ritual somewhere faded with time and completely stopped after sometime.
Some enthusiasts in Maharashtra took up this matter with the State government few years back and after many efforts the directive to play National Anthem in Cinema hall was first passed by the Maharashtra government in 2002. In Maharashtra, it is mandatory to play the national anthem before every movie screening at all movie theatres across the state. This decision has been overwhelmingly welcomed by the people of Maharashtra. This directive states that the National Anthem be screened “before” the screening of any movie
In an interesting development, many multiplex chains and in some cases single movie theatres across India are voluntarily screening the video playing National Anthem though the respective state governments have not made it mandatory. In Maharashtra and Gujarat, the Gujarati Community groups are leading a campaign to make singing of National Anthem a regular feature before opening of the theatre drama/plays like it is being done before films at cinema theatres.
National Anthem in Cinema halls of Chhattisgarh State
In the prevailing atmosphere in the country, with the rise of terrorism and fundamentalism, the time has come to foster a sense of patriotism in citizens. The only time we remember our country is either on Independence or Republic day. Children still sing the national Anthem on a daily basis during prayer time at most of the schools, the much younger generation and the elders have somehow not been doing this since they left school!!
But at movie halls, a short video playing National Anthem before the movie is a good medium for all of us to inculcate the feeling of patriotism in their minds. Audiences like this kind of a thing, and each one of them feels strongly for the country and leaves everyone with a nice feeling of Indianness!
We all need to contribute something for the country and this is one such small effort. We, in an endeavour to bring this cultural & patriotic protocol to the state of Chhattisgarh proposed the state government to implement this directive in 2009.
Once the go ahead was provided by the Hon CM, a proposal to create a short film featuring the stalwarts from music, dance, sports and film fraternity of Chhattisgarh who have brought name and fame to the state through their skill sets was presented. Inspired from “Mile Sur Mera Tumhara”, this idea was bought by the stakeholders and thus started the journey of making of this film.
The Purpose
The purpose is to promote patriotism among the members of the audience. The playing of the anthem is to show respect for the country. Most of us may be too busy to think of our country all the time. Surely we can spend a few minutes reflecting on how we could support the country.
When the national anthem starts playing, it is a pleasant nostalgic experience which creates emotional bond amongst people. We tried his best to bring in this culture in the state of Chhattisgarh in order to unite the citizens of the state. The idea of the national anthem help people express their feelings and would arouse commitment towards the state and nation. The National anthem is not just a song but a medium of devotion towards our country.
Showcasing Chhattisgarh Tourism & Culture in the Video
The film has been shot at major tourism locations of Chhattisgarh with the support of Chhattisgarh Tourism Board. All the participants featuring in the film are singing the National Anthem in the backdrop of attractive tourist spots. All the participants have also lent their voices.
This is definitely a good medium of showcasing CG tourism to the audience. This video has actually created history with the implementation of directive regarding singing of national anthem before every movie screening across the state.
Laws & Compliance
Norms of Government of India directives on National Anthem (in the time frame of 52 to 56 seconds - actual duration of National Anthem) have been adhered to and has been presented with great dignity. Censor board permission has been taken for the same and currently its screened across approx. 60 screens across the cinema halls of state. (approx. 240 times a day). Chhattisgarh is now the second state in India to have national Anthem in Cinema halls being screened before the movie.
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