Maharashtra government to distribute 25,000 CDs for uniform relay of national anthem

Sunday, 12 January 2014 - 9:55am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA

Starting January 26, the national anthem will be played in a uniform manner across the state. In its bid to maintain consistency in the pitch and style for Jana Gana Mana, the state will distribute 25,000 audio CDs, containing the official version of the song, across its departments.

The state protocol department will officially launch the CD on the Republic Day. Besides, the government will also make the CDs available to multiplexes and theatres. It is compulsory for these points of entertainment to play the national anthem before start of each show.

Earlier, the state had asked all educational institutes and multiplexes to maintain uniformity while broadcasting, playing or singing the national anthem so as to ensure that there were no changes in the tune of the song.

“We are launching a campaign on two issues. One is the national flag, the other being the national anthem. We want all institutions to follow a certain code while playing the national anthem or hoisting the national flag,” said Suresh Shetty, minister for protocol.

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