However, what captures most eyeballs is the grand celebration witnessed in the capital city of the country, New Delhi, where a massive parade is held. The parade starts from the President's Palace and walks past the Rajpath and India Gate, ending at the Red Fort in the Walled City of Old Delhi. The day reminds the Indians about the sacrifice of the martyrs who died for the freedom of the country and the succeeding wars. The nation is engulfed with patriotic songs being sung and played through the streets. Apart from that, electronic media such as radio and television also revel in the glory of nationalism and unity by playing patriotic songs. In this section, we have brought some popular patriotic songs that you can take a look at.
Patriotic Songs On Republic Day
Aye Mere Watan Ke Logon
'Aye mere watan ke logon' was written to honor the Indian soldiers who died in the Sino-Indian War. Renowned playback singer Lata Mangeshkar has voiced this song and sung it with a true Indian spirit.
'Vande Mataram' is the national song of India, composed by Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay. The song lyrics combine both Bengali and Sanskrit words. Find the lyrics of the 'Vande Matram' song in this section.
Saare Jahaan Se Achha
'Saare Jahaan Se Achha' is a well-known poem written by Urdu poet, Muhammad Iqbal. Though written in the ghazal style, this poem went ahead to become the anthem of opposition for the British Rule. Quite an old song, it is still cherished and sung with the same devotion and energy. This song is better known as "Tarana-e-Hindi" or "Anthem of the People of Hindustan".
Aye Mere Pyare Watan
'Aye Mere Pyaare Watan' is a classic patriotic song from the movie 'Kabuliwala'. Sung by Manna Dey, the song reminds us of our nation especially by those who have been staying away for a long time.
Ae Watan Ae Watan Humko Teri Kasam
'Ae Watan Ae Watan Humko Teri Kasam' is a great devoted song written and composed by Prem Dhawan. A truly patriotic song, it takes us back to the pre-independence era reminding us of the sacrifice made by millions of people.
Mera Rang De Basanti Chola
'Mera rang de basanti chola' is from the Bollywood historic biographical film 'The Legend of Bhagat Singh' based on the life of freedom fighter, Bhagat Singh who fought for the independence of India. This patriotic song is a not-to-be-missed choice on the list of patriotic songs on Republic Day.
Chodo Kal Ki Baatein
'Chodo kal ki baatein' is a popular song depicting true patriotism. This famous song is from the movie 'Hum Hindustani' released in 1960. Though an old song, it is still pertinent to patriotism across India and is played amongst the many songs on Republic Day.
Maa Tujhe Salaam
'Maa Tujhe Salaam' is one of the patriotic songs from the album 'Vande Mataram' that released in the year 1997 to honor India's 50th anniversary of independence. Highly popular and influential, this song is one that is largely played on all national festivals, not to forget Republic Day.
Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani
'Phir bhi dil hai Hindustani' is a light peppy number revealing patriotism in a high energetic manner. Sung by Udit Narayan, the song catches the mind of every listener.
Mere Desh Ki Dharti
'Mere desh ki dharti' is a beautiful and lively patriotic number from the patriotic movie 'Upkar', which was released in the year 1967. The song was a hit during its reign and is still a popular choice.