The national song of India – Vande Mataram.
Vande Mataram (I bow to thee, Mother) is a poem from Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay’s 1882 novel Anandamath. It was written in Bengali and Sanskrit. It is a hymn to the Mother Land. The song’s first two verses were given the official status of the “national song” of the Republic of India in 1950.
वन्दे मातरम् सुजलां सुफलां मलयजशीतलाम् शस्यशामलां मातरम् । वन्दे मातरम् ।
शुभ्रज्योत्स्नापुलकितयामिनीं फुल्लकुसुमितद्रुमदलशोभिनीं सुहासिनीं सुमधुर भाषिणीं सुखदां वरदां मातरम् । वन्दे मातरम् ।
I show gratitude to thee, Mother, richly-watered, richly-fruited, cool with the winds of the south, dark with the crops of the harvests, The Mother!
Her nights rejoicing in the glory of the moonlight, her lands clothed beautifully with her trees in flowering bloom, sweet of laughter, sweet of speech, The Mother, giver of boons, giver of bliss.
This song, in addition to the National Anthem and Saare jahan Se Achha, is often played on TV channels on the Independence day (15th August) and the Republic day (26th January).