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The Song of a Nation’s Spirit

Keyur Kurulkar presents some interesting versions of Vande Mataram, the same emotion as interpreted by several musicians.

You can find the complete lyrics of Vande Mataram along with the translation here.

Mogubai Kurdikar:

She sings Vande Mataram with an interesting flavour in Mishra Khambawati.

Vishnupant Pagnis:

The famed actor-singer of yester years finds his expression of Vande Mataram in Vrindavani Sarang. Another interesting thing to notice is his choice of verses for the 78 rpm record.

Rabindranath Tagore:

One of the earliest structured versions of song. He was probably the first one to sing it in front of a wide audience during the Indian National Congress’s 1896 session.

Master Krishnarao Phulambrikar:

He was a staunch activist in the effort to make Vande Mataram the National Anthem, for this he composed a tune based on Mishra Jhinjhoti, which could be sung in a wide range of tempos and was suited for solo and group performances as well as Marching Bands (as against the some of the earlier tunes of Vande Mataram, which were still sung as an extempore expression by many). Here is a slow paced version sung by master Krishnarao himself.

Ram Marathe:

A fast paced version of Master Krishnarao’s tune by his disciple Ram Marathe (who often concluded his concerts with this version of Sampoorna Vande Mataram).

Veena Sahasrabuddhe:

Veena tai sings a modified version of Vishnu Digambar Paluskar’s tune (which he presented at almost every INC session since 1915 until his demise). It is interesting to note that Veena Tai presented this as a part of her concert at Darbar Festival in London.

M S Subbulakshmi and Dilip Kumar Roy:


Published in a 78 rpm record in 1947, this version has a very lively vibe!

Bhimsen Joshi:

The maestro was invited to present Vande Mataram in the parliament hall on 15th August 1997 to mark the 50th anniversary of India’s Independence. He presents the well-known version in Raag Des set to Addha Teental. This recording is from a month after that when he sang the same in London in September 1997.

Omkarnath Thakur:


Staying true his Guru Vishnu Digambar Paluskar, Omkarnath sings this as an extempore presentation without a rhythmic meter. This specific recording is from 15th August 1947 the moment of India’s Independence, at the stroke of Midnight, when Omkarnathji was invited to New Delhi to present Vande Mataram at the Parliament hall. He insisted that he would only do so if he was allowed to present the complete song.

Keyur Kurulkar started his initial musical lessons under the guidance of Smt. Ranjana Bhide and Shri. Chandrakant Naik.

Further, he studied from Pt. Vijay Koparkar and was also fortunate to have taleem from Late Pt. Sharad Sathe.

Currently, Keyur is being mentored by Shri. Mukul Kulkarni and Shri. Vishal Moghe.

Keyur has also completed BE Mechanical Engineering with distinction.

Keyur has many accolades to his name. Some of these include, C.C.R.T scholorship given for young artist by govt. of India, ‘SwaraRatna Narha Buwa Patankar Puraskar’ from Pune
Marathi Granthalay and ‘Swaroday Puraskar’ by the D.V. Paluskar Trust.


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13 replies on “The Song of a Nation’s Spirit”

Listening to these stalwarts of musical arena took me to nostalgic period of yester years. Highly obliged for this wonderful treat. Heartfelt thanks……

Am excellent compilation of beautiful renditions!

A truely treasured collection!

Thank you so much!

भारताच्या अमृतमहोत्सवी वर्षी विविध संगीत रथी-महारथींनी गायलेले वंदे मातरम गीत ऐकण्यासाठी उपलब्ध करून देणे ही कौतुकास्पद गोष्ट आहे! याबद्दल ‘बैठक’मधील प्रत्येक सदस्याचे आभार!😊🙏💐

Really good information in detail,and this should be communicated to younger generation,parhaps they will also make it more better to hear!

Right from Rabindranath Tagore till recent times – the journey of “Vande Mataram ” a treasure for listeners and worshipers of Bharatmata !
Thanks Keyur for the greetings on the occasion of 75th Independence Day !

केयुर आणि सर्वच सदस्यांचे कौतुक , आभार आम्हाला दिलेल्या या मेजवनीबद्दल !! सर्व आदरणीय , आवडत्या दिग्गजांच्या आवाजातील ” वंदे मातरम् ” ऐकणं ही मिळालेली पर्वणीच .खूप घण्यावाद .

फारच अनोखा आणि सुरेल उपक्रम !! तसे ‘वंदे मातरम् ‘ बऱ्याच गायकांच्या आवाजात आणि सिनेमा मध्ये सुधा ऐकले आहे. पण क्लासिकल वर्जन नव्हते ऐकले. फारच छान .
स्व. मोगुबाई कुर्डिकर आणि एम. एस. सुब्बुलक्ष्मी यांनी खूप वेगळ्या तऱ्हेने गायले आहे ते ऐकायला छान वाटले. केयुर आणि बैठक मंचाला खूप खूप धन्यवाद आणि शुभेच्छा !! 💐🙏

खूपच सुंदर .. क्लासिकल आवाजात वंदे मातरम कधीच ऐकले नव्हते. खूपच छान उपक्रम. केयुर आणि इतर सदस्यांचे खूप खूप धन्यवाद आणि शुभेच्छा.

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