Republic Day: Lata Mangeshkar was not the first choice for Aye Mere Watan Ke Logo! This is the untold story of the historical song – how ae mere watan ke logo sung by lata mangeshkar was created by kavi pradeep c ramachandra republic day 2023

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Republic Day: Lata Mangeshkar was not the first choice for Aye Mere Watan Ke Logo! This is the untold story of the historical song - how ae mere watan ke logo sung by lata mangeshkar was created by kavi pradeep c ramachandra republic day 2023
Aditya Chaudhary

Even today, when I hear the song ‘Aye Mere Watan Ke Logon’ sung by Lata Mangeshkar, I get goosebumps. Filled with the spirit of patriotism, this song was sung by Swarkokila Lata Mangeshkar for the first time on January 27, 1963 in front of the country’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. Jawaharlal Nehru had tears in his eyes after listening to this song. On January 26, 2023, when the country is immersed in the celebration of Republic Day, once the memories of the song ‘Aye Mere Watan Ke Logon’ have become fresh. ‘Aye Mere Watan’ was written by Kavi Pradeep, while C Ramchandra composed it. But do you know how this song was made?

In ‘Throwback Thursday’, know the complete story of the making of the song ‘Aye Mere Watan Ke Logon’, which was once told in an interview by national poet Kavi Pradeep himself. This interview was given by poet Pradeep to BBC in 1990. In this, poet Pradeep told how the idea of ​​making the song Ae Mere Watan Ke Logo came about. Kavi Pradeep had told that in 1962 India had a bad defeat in the war with China. Due to this the morale of the whole country was badly broken. This was going on in everyone’s mind as to how to encourage everyone. In such a situation, everyone’s eyes were fixed on the film industry and poets. Even the politicians started expecting from the film industry and poets that they should do something to boost the morale of the country. Create something that will once again excite the countrymen.lata mageshkar kavi pradeep

Lata Mangeshkar with Kavi Pradeep, Photo: Twitter

Republic Day: Lata Mangeshkar was not the first choice for Aye Mere Watan Ke Logo! This is the untold story of the historical song - how ae mere watan ke logo sung by lata mangeshkar was created by kavi pradeep c ramachandra republic day 2023Ae Watan Mere Watan: Sara Ali Khan became a freedom fighter, reminded Alia, the magic of ‘Ae Watan Mere Watan’ went on
‘Aye mere watan ke bol’ came out on the seashore. Since poet Pradeep had written many patriotic songs earlier too, he was asked to write such a song for the country, which would add to the country’s broken spirits. Communicate patriotism inside everyone. Then poet Pradeep thought of writing one such song and then ‘O Mere Watan Ke Logon’ came out of his pen. Its story is also interesting. It is told that when poet Pradeep was once walking on the seashore in Mumbai, remembering the condition of the country, he was looking at the waves. Only then some lines flashed in her mind, from which she felt that she could bring back the lost spirit of the country. Then poet Pradeep, a person walking there asked for a pen and wrote those lines on the foil that comes in the cigarette box. Poet Pradeep later extended those lines and wrote the full song ‘Aye mere watan ke logon’. Poet Pradeep spoke to C Ramchandra to compose the music for this song and got the composition done.kavi pradeep

National Poet Kavi Pradeep, Photo: Twitter@parliament_lib

Republic Day: Lata Mangeshkar was not the first choice for Aye Mere Watan Ke Logo! This is the untold story of the historical song - how ae mere watan ke logo sung by lata mangeshkar was created by kavi pradeep c ramachandra republic day 2023Aye mere watan ke logon: Lyrics of the song were written on cigarette foil, Lata Mangeshkar sang it and made everyone cry
Lata Mangeshkar did not want to sing ‘Aye Mere Watan’ Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammad Rafi and Mukesh were the only three great voices in that period. According to Kavi Pradeep, then Mohammad Rafi had reserved for Naushad’s song ‘Apni Azadi Ko Hum Hargij Mitta Sakte Nahi’. At the same time, Raj Kapoor was signed by Mukesh to sing ‘Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai’. In such a situation, only Lata Mangeshkar was left for the song ‘Aye Mere Watan Ke Logon’. When Lata Mangeshkar sang this song for the first time in front of Jawaharlal Nehru, tears welled up in her eyes. Lata Mangeshkar had told in an interview that when she was approached for ‘Aye Mere Watan Ke Logon’, she refused to sing. But after repeated persuasion of poet Pradeep, she agreed.lal bahadur shastri kavi pradeep

Kavi Pradeep with Lal Bahadur Shastri, Photo: Twitter@IndianHistoryPic

Poet Pradeep was a teacher, this is how he got a chance to sing Poet Pradeep had told in the same interview that he was a teacher in a school. But he was also fond of writing poems. Once when he came to Mumbai for some work, he participated in a Kavi Sammelan there. There poet Pradeep met a person who used to work in Bombay Talkies. He liked the poetry of poet Pradeep. That person told Himanshu Rai about poet Pradeep’s poem. Himanshu Rai was the owner of Bombay Talkies. He immediately sent a call to poet Pradeep and asked him to narrate something. Himanshu Rai was infatuated with poet Pradeep’s poems and offered to write songs for himself. Poet Pradeep was everywhere.poet pradeep jawaharlal nehru

Jawaharlal Nehru and Kavi Pradeep, Photo: Twitter@SoarinMountains

This is why Kavi Pradeep stopped writing songs in Bollywood, but in the 90s, Kavi Pradeep suddenly stopped writing songs for the industry. He told that he was not happy with the music of that decade and hence distanced himself. Poet Pradeep passed away in the year 1998. Whereas on 6 February 2022, Lata Mangeshkar said goodbye to this world.