Pangea Imagine Kenya Singing for India
Kenyan singers have joined together to sing the Indian national anthem in a short film prepared for Pangea Day, May 10, “the day the world comes together through film”.
One of six short ‘Imagine’ films, this spot is set against the backdrops of Nairobi City and Uhuru Park. Kenya is home to a sizeable Indian population (including Sikhs & Jains also) of approximately 2.5 million, most of them descendants of the East African Railways labourers who were brought over by the British during the late 19th and early 20th centuries when the British colonialists ruled Kenya and the rest of the East African region.
Click on the image below to play the video.
The films, commissioned by Johannes Leonardo, have been developed by film directors in France, Australia, Kenya, USA, England and Japan.
Filming was shot by Bob Nyanja via Blue Sky Films (EPZ) Ltd with director of photography Martin Munyua, producers Mario Zvan and Jim Shamoon. The Combined flags sequence was provided by conceptual artist Mariano Favett. Editor was Philip Murugi.
The choir members are Geoffrey Mukoto, Esther Nyandia Kariuki, Violet Muhonjia Ingosi, Urbanus Kioko Octavy, Jane Wandi Wanjira Njeru, Mathew Muriuki Githinji, James Kagwimah, Brenda N. Munyasia, Marietta Mwamachi, Rosemary Nyongai, Stephan Okoth, Mary Mwende Mutua, Liboyi Paul Nganyi, Justus Mutua, David Mumanga,Dorcas Akinyi, Agatha Nafula, Abbyserah W. Kiruri and Scholastica Ngolanie. Choir coordinator was Maggie Kiundi.
Jana Gana Mana is the first stanza of a Brahmo hymn composed and scored by Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore.
Lyrics for Indian National Anthem
Jana-gana-mana-adhinayaka, jaya he,
Tava shubha name jage,
Tava shubha asisa mage,
Gahe tava jaya gatha,
Jana-gana-mangala-dayaka jaya he
Jaya he, jaya he, jaya he,
Jaya jaya jaya, jaya he!
O! Dispenser of India’s destiny,
thou art the ruler of the minds of all people
Thy name rouses the hearts of Punjab, Sindh, Gujarat, the Maratha country,
in the Dravida country, Utkala and Bengal;
It echoes in the hills of the Vindhyas and Himalayas,
it mingles in the rhapsodies of the pure waters of Yamuna and the Ganges.
They chant only thy name.
They seek only thy auspicious blessings.
They sing only the glory of thy victory.
The salvation of all people waits in thy hands,
O! Dispenser of India’s destiny, thou art the ruler of the minds of all people
Victory to thee, Victory to thee, Victory to thee,
Victory, Victory, Victory, Victory to thee!.