The Indian Military Academy (IMA), celebrating its 75th birthday on Monday, has adopted a song written by lyricist Javed Akhtar, composed by Raju Singh and sung by Sonu Nigam, for its ‘passing out parades. Till now, the IMA had no song of its own and it was using the Army song for its functions.
Akhtar, along with actress wife Shabana Azmi, released the song, ‘Bharat mata teri kasam, tere rakshak rahenge hum. Dewareein hum banenge, maa, talwarein hum banenge, maa…, at a function held to mark the platinum jubilee celebrations of the Academy on Sunday. The Indian Military Academy was set up on October 1, 1932 for training Indian officers of the British Army.
Speaking on the occasion, Akhtar recalled his experiences when he spent a fortnight in Kargil, after the war. He said those 15 days had a deep impact on him.
Later, he returned with his son Farhan Akhtar and Shabana to watch the passing out parade of the Academy.
The visit was a familiarisation trip for both the father and the son, who later made a film, Lakshya, on the training, life and tribulations of a young officer at the Academy. While Farhan directed the film, Akhtar wrote its script.
Lt-Gen P K Rampal, Commandant of the Academy, said the song would now be played at every passing out parade of the Academy. “With this song, I will forever be associated with the great institution of Indian Army,” Akhtar said.