India is all set to celebrate the 70th Independence Day on August 15, and in the week leading to the grand occasion, the government has released a new video of the national anthem.
The 3-minute 35-second long video features Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchanalong with some physically challenged children performing the national anthem in sign language with the Red Fort in the background.
The Minister of State for Human Resource Development was quoted by PTI as saying, “This is a proud moment for us that the National Anthem has been produced in sign language for those who depend on it. We used to refer to people falling in the category as disabled (viklang), but now the government has modified the definition to divyang.” At the launch, he also said that the government has referred to the physically challenged as divyang and not viklang to ensure that there was no distinction.
The background score has been composed by Bollywood music composer, late Aadesh Shrivastava and the video was directed by Govind Nihalani who is also the brother of current Director of Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), Pahlaj Nihalani.
The video launch event in New Delhi was attended by United Nations Information Centre for India and Bhutan Director Derek Segaar and BJP National Spokesperson Sudesh Verma. “This is one of the efforts made to make their survival easier. India is an ancient country and sign language has been used since ancient times,” Mahendra Nath said at the event. Similar events were also held in Goa, Bhopal, Chandigarh and Kolhapur to launch the video.
Watch the video here: