69th Independence Day Special: A Cappella Versions of ‘Vande Mataram’ Go Viral

India is set to celebrate its 69th Independence Day on Saturday, 15 August.

With just two days to go for the celebration, the Internet is abuzz with patriotic songs, videos and quotes praising India.

Of the many patriotic songs written by various poets glorifying India, “Vande Mataram”, penned by Bankim Chandra Chatterjee, stands out.

“Vande Mataram”, which means “I praise thee, Mother”, is the national song of the country and was first sung by Rabindranath Tagore at the 1896 session of the Indian National Congress.

Now, young musicians have come forward to give the song an ‘a cappella’ touch in two different music albums.

The A Cappella version of the national song, uploaded on YouTube by ‘Bodhi Silent Scape’, has been sung by Bijibal and Vipin Lal, along with Soumya Ramakrishnan, Santhi Bijibal, Swetha Menon, Vijay.P.Jacob, Madhu Paul, Jibin Gopal, Justin Varghese, Vysakh Bejoy, Sarath Chandran, Bibin Ashok, Nandhu Kartha and Aby Salvin Thomas. The song has gone viral on social media.

Another A Cappella version, sung by singers Soumya Sanathanan and Preetha PV, has also gone viral on social media.

A Cappella music has been gaining attention among the youth for its unique way of not using any musical instrument in songs.