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The National Anthem of Sikkimese Kingdom

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Heart Anthem of the Sikkimese
Jahan Bagcha Teesta Rangeet was the national song of independent kingdom of Sikkim. The song in Nepali was passionately sung during the last decade of monarchy in the erstwhile tiny Himalayan Kingdom of Sikkim. The song praised our motherland and its natural beauty.The National Song of the independent Sikkim carries with it the much coveted sensibilities of the noblest souls. It not only praises the Sikkimese motherland but also ignites the mind set of every individual to strive for the nation building process. The reference made to various flowers exhibits the assimilation of different ethnic cultures in the kingdom of Sikkim. The monarchs are placed at the loftiest position and they have been termed as the savior indicating the loyalty of the subjects. This is also seen that people’s temperament to get overwhelmed with the sense of patriotism and dedication is not superficial but eternal.The urge to remain over entangled with the pious land shows the keen desire that bred in every heart. But the Teesta, which is not only a river but a source of energy and zeal, has been given the pinnacle position. It wipes away every possible mischief and sin from each of the Sikkimese populace and it is here that the final culmination of the greatness of the river and its bearing with the land of Sikkim is connected.The lyrics of the song was written by Sanu Lama and the music composed by Dushyant Lama. It was first sung on the birth anniversary of Late Chogyal Palden Thondup Namgyal on 4th of April 1970 at Gangtok by the melody queen of Nepali Music Aruna Lama along with Dawa Lama and Mani Kamal Chettri.After the merger of Sikkim with India in 1975, the song was banned by the Indian Government to curtail the rising tide of nationalism among Sikkimese nationalists. Later it was re-released with the replacement of two words in the 4th Stanza where it says Janma Bhumi (Motherland) that had original word Raja and Rani (King and Queen).National Anthem of Sikkim:After the passing of Chogyal Tashi Namgyal in 1963 and Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru in 1964, the mutual agreements of these statesmen faced increasing disregard. Counteracting a clearly sensed rise of external threats to the very existence of the Buddhist Kingdom of Sikkim, formal attributes of national sovereignty were attached major relevance. Members of the country’s elite undertook late but dedicated efforts to affirm the distinct identity of Sikkim to the outside world as well as to themselves.With regard to the National Anthem Denjong Silé Yang Chagpa Chilo, Basnet reports that “… Indian eyebrows were raised when Sikkim started playing its ‘National Anthem’. The annual presentation of Colours to the Sikkim Guards by the Chogyal was looked upon with suspicion and disfavour by the Political Officer when it was announced that the National Anthem of Sikkim would be played on that occasion. The Political Officer boycotted the function in 1965 and advised other Indians against attending the ceremony. The ceremony went off admirably, the Political Officer’s discomfiture lending zest to the Sikkimese participants.”

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