Popular Hindi Patriotic Songs (Desh Bhakti Geet)
Independence Day is just around the corner and patriotism is running high. But what further augments the patriotic fervor are the songs that eloquently portray the love for the nation. These songs that are a part of Bollywood movies or have been sung for some special occasion depict various aspects such as the freedom struggle, the heroes of the wars that India fought with Pakistan and China, India’s achievements in the sporting events etc. These patriotic songs not only instill patriotism in us, but also propel us to do something spectacular for our nation. Here are six evergreen patriotic songs that one must definitely hear this Independence Day.
Aye Mere Watan Ke Logo
You must have heard this melodious song umpteen times, still never get tired of hearing it again and again. A true classic, the non-Bollywood song was sung by Lata Mangeshkar as an ode to the Indian soldiers who lost their lives in the 1962 Sino-Indian war. Penned by Kavi Pradeep, the beautiful song is a must-listen.
Yeh Desh Hai Veer Jawano Ka – Naya Daur
Naya Daur, which was released in 1957 and starred Dilip Kumar and Vyjayanthimala, was a huge commercial hit. Released some ten years after India’s independence, the movie was about the growing industrialization in India. The movie teemed with numerous melodious songs and Yeh Desh Hai Veer Jawano Ka is probably the best of the lot. Though it has been 60 years since the movie was released, however, the song has not lost its appeal. The song was sung by two acclaimed singers – Mohammed Rafi and Balbir.
Mere Desh ki Dharti – Upkar
Patriotism oozes from each and every word of the memorable song Mere Desh ki Dharti. From the movie Upkar, which was released in 1967 and starred Manoj Kumar, the song can be heard at events commemorating national days. The song was sung by the legendary singer Mahendra Kapoor.
Maa Tujhe Salaam – Vande Mataram
Maa Tujhe Salaam is the title track of AR Rahman’s 1997 studio album Vande Matram. The album has earned the distinction of being the largest non-film album. One of the most popular song and sung by AR Rahman in his melodious voice, Maa Tujhe Salaam emphasizesthe diversity of the country and instills patriotism as well as unityamong the people.
Aye Watan Tere Liye – Karma
One of the most patriotic songs from the 1986 blockbuster Karma, Aye Watan Tere Liye, is a melodious and energetic song. The movie supports a long star cast which includes Dilip Kumar, Nutan, Jackie Shroff, Anil Kapoor, Naseeruddin Shah, Sri Devi, Poonam Dhillon and Anupam Kher. The song has been sung by Mohammad Aziz and Kavita Krishnamurthy.
Chak De! India – Chak De! India
Chak De! India from the 2007 blockbuster Chak De! India is a heart thumping song and has virtually become a sports anthem. Though the movie, which starred Shah Rukh Khan in the lead role, depicted the role of the disgraced hockey star who plays a stellar role as the coach of the Indian Women Hockey team enabling it to reach the top and win the cup. The song has been sung by Sukhwinder Singh, Salim-Sulaiman, and Marianne D’Cruz.