Mamata Banerjee pens song for West Bengal, designs ‘unique’ state emblem

A source close to Banerjee said, “The song will have three verses. It is being written and composed by Mamata Banerjee. The idea was to find a song that would capture the essence of Bengal.”

Written by Aniruddha Ghosal | New Delhi | Published: June 4, 2017 4:56 am
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Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is composing a state song and designing a state emblem for West Bengal. Sources said the song and the emblem were meant to be “powerful assertions of Bengal’s unique culture” as one that’s “distinct from north India”.

The move comes at a time when the Trinamool Congress is focusing on countering the BJP’s push into the state, with the Chief Minister recently alleging that the BJP was “importing an alien culture” into Bengal.

A source close to Banerjee said, “The song will have three verses. It is being written and composed by Mamata Banerjee. The idea was to find a song that would capture the essence of Bengal.” Sources added that Banerjee was in the process of shortlisting candidates to lend voice to the song, with a popular playback singer among those being considered.

“The central theme of the song will be that Bengal has a unique identity. This identity is tied deeply to its values of secularism. The people of Bengal have never been divisive. Kolkata was the first cosmopolitan city and the city, like the state, always welcomed differences. That will be the underlying theme of the song,” said the source.

This theme, TMC insiders said, was also meant to be a political message for the BJP-led Centre and their “aggressive promotion of Hindi and Hindutva in Bengal”. A senior leader said, “Over the past few years, the BJP has been attempting to curb the rights of Bengal — starting from financial deprivation to cultural corrosion. For instance, people have started saying ‘Dhan Teras’ while forgetting their own ‘Traidoshi’, which, in fact, is where the word ‘teras’ comes from. All this is a very dangerous form of cultural assimilation.”

Meanwhile, work on Bengal’s state emblem, which has been in the works for months, is almost complete, said sources. In February, Banerjee had asked officials to come up with suggestions for an emblem.

An official in the Bengal secretariat added that the government’s Biswa Bangla logo was among those being considered for the state emblem. The latest draft of the emblem, sources said, combines the Biswa Bangla logo and the Lion Capital of Ashoka at Sarnath.

Bengal won’t be the first state to adopt a state song. Tamil Thai Valtu, written by Manonmaniam Sundaram Pillai and composed by M S Viswanathan, is the state song for Tamil Nadu. Bande Utkala Janandi, an Odia patriotic poem written by Kantakabi Laxmikanta Mohapatra, is the state song of Odisha and Jai Jai Garavi Gujarat, a poem written by Gujarati poet Narmadashankar Dave, is the state song for Gujarat.

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    Manojit Sen
    Nov 3, 2017 at 1:06 pm
    কোলকাতার ১১৩নং ওয়াডের একজন বয়স্ক বিধবা মানুষ গত ৫ বছর ধরে ঘুরে বিধবা ভাতা পাইনি। পশ্চিম বঙ্গের সমস্ত মন্ত্রী চোর।
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        Sameer Das
        Jun 5, 2017 at 11:52 pm
        Hats off to Didi. She is great. With Didi as our Honourable CM, we feel more proud to be a Bengali.
        1. Rishabh Khemka
          Jun 5, 2017 at 12:52 pm
          Yeah aurat ek din west bengal ko alag desh ghosit kregi.... Aur west bengal ke log bhi iske saath haan me haan milakr west bengal ka satiyamaash krenge.... stan se bhi geye gujra ho jaega yeh state....
          1. B
            Jun 4, 2017 at 11:38 pm
            A step toward denying Federal Structure of India. She should first learn to respect National Songs and Natinal Anthem. Shame Shame Shame... We have seen her shameless agitation to DE-INDUSTRALISE Bengal in Singur. She should concentrate on remake her image which she demolished in Singur to bring few Industries to Bengal instead of writing 3rd grade poem or songs.
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              Anil saxena
              Jun 5, 2017 at 6:27 am
              You people can't understand the heart felt fee s of poet. Kavi Jaidev was devoted to Lord krishna and Radha rani, our great poet Sri Ravindranath tagore has expressed his fee s towards our unity of nation, then what is wrong in Mamta Di to express her fee s towards Bangla and its culture through a song or through a poem. She is great and will remain great whether you acknowledge today or not. She will be rememberd even after her end just like Sri RNTagore and Sri Jaidevvfor her devotion and sincerity towards people of India.
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                Shamaprasad mukherjee
                Jun 5, 2017 at 2:04 pm
                Hindi people trying to destroy others mother language, we Bengali Tamil Marathi Telugu Gujarati Rajasthani have to united to save our mother language.
                1. J
                  Jun 5, 2017 at 6:56 pm
                  You guys are missing the point, this is all about power play and changing the direction toward breakup from India ( all pushed by her Muslim Mullah masters). Keep your language and cultural iden y after all, every state has that, but also tow the government line of development and advancement. If you read between lines she is divisive and wants to create a Muslim state with Bengal iden y, wake up my Hindu brothers, enough is enough, let Hindutva spread - jai hind
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