How to pick patriotic songs in Hindi for school competition?

Lots of lyricists and music directors have written and composed several patriotic songs in Hindi. Moreover, it may not be a nice idea to randomly pick any patriotic song, especially for a competition! Are you wondering what could be the criteria to select a Hindi patriotic song for school competition?

To pick a patriotic song for a competition, you need to first know the basics of how Indian music works. In addition to that, the meaning of patriotism in India translates to Deshabhakti, as opposed to what it means in the rest of the world – which is Deshapremi.

So let’s get started in elaborating on these two aspects of the article.

Indian Music Basics

There are two major classicals in India.

  1. Hindustani
  2. Carnatic

Let us see the criteria to choose songs in the first place. We will first understand what Indian music is made up of.


This can be called as Emotional Quotient. In my opinion, this is more important than Intelligent Quotient. While the latter takes decisions using the brain, the former uses our Mind (or heart). To feel the emotions, the right kind of Bhava plays an important role in a song.


The tune or raga is a lot easier to understand. It’s a combination of different Swaras in a certain way. Using the seven Swaras, there can be a lot of combinations of Ragas that we can achieve. This is so interconnected to Bhava that it easily triggers emotions and creates the mood. However, though it seems easy in the beginning, it goes un-understandable as it advances.


The rhythm, in which the Raga is played is called Tala, which synchronizes and controls the most parts of a song, though at certain parts, it is not very important. This is more of a logical and mathematical part of a song. Subsequently, it can trigger our brain. It can go complicated in the sense that there can be fractions of Tala and Yatis (Jumping Beats).

Tip: If we combine these three, it results in Bharata, which is what is the name of the nation.

Now we know about identifying good music. We can do that using the above three. Now, we will delve into knowing more about patriotism.



This is the meaning of patriotism from the “Rest of the World” perspective. Whereas, this nation has given a different perspective; again thanks to our languages.


The word Bhakti could be closely explained to, as devotion (a combination of love and respect) that instills a blissful experience from within us. Persistent bhakti can lead to Moksha or Salvation, which is the ultimate goal of a soul.

Why am I trying to put you across all these words!

Here, in our culture, when we talk about patriotic songs, we mean we are talking about Deshabhakti Geet and not Deshaprem Geet. In addition to that, we need to understand the meaning of Patriotism, before we select Patriotic Songs.

Now that we know what Patriotism is, we will start picking the songs based on the quality of Bhava, Raga, Tala. Yes, you guessed it right. The Bhava of the song should instill Deshabhakti in us.

Well, the first song that comes to my mind is the one and the only phrase that was an inspiration for millions of youths in India at the time of Indian independence. Right!

Vande Mataram

One of the reasons behind picking up this song is the inspiration. The other part is that it is a perfect song from every way. And when I am talking about Vande Mataram, it is the song that was originally written by Bankima Chandra Chattopadhyaya and sung by Lata Mangeshkar. I understand that it is too tough for a person who is a naive singer, but that’s what competitions are conducted for. Keeping in mind that competitions are for pros, this is the No. 1 song that can be sung in a competition.

Sung by Lata Mangeshkar, Lyrics by Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyaya and Composed by Hemanta Kumar Mukhopadhyay.

Jahan Daal Daal par Sone ki

This is the second most amazing patriotic Hindi song. This song clearly talks about Indians, Indian Culture, her rich history, heritage, diversity, festivals, children and whatnot. The music is unbelievable and makes us feel proud of being born in this great nation of diversities. Probably, this was the very reason for this nation, not attacking any other nation in its history.

Sung by Md. Rafi, Lyrics by Rajinder Krishan and Composed by Hansraj Behl.

Aye mere Watan ke Logo

A song that is dedicated to the soldiers. What more patriotic can a song be. Its hard to control your tears listening to this song. If we go back to history Pandit Nehru, who was the then prime minister was visibly moved by the song. You can read more about it here. That point clearly shows the magnitude of patriotism that it carries.

Sung by Lata Mangeshkar, Lyrics by Kavi Pradeep and Composed by C. Ramachandra.

Aao Baccho Tumhe Dikhaye

Next song comes out from a Guru (a deliberate usage of guru instead of teacher), educating his students. He uses this beautiful song in his history class. He actually takes them to the right patriotic places and shows the students what the country has faced in the history. “Never forget what history has taught us” is the right spirit and the essence of this song.

Sung by Kavi Pradeep, Lyrics by Kavi Pradeep and Composed by Hemant Kumar.

Jayostute Jayostute

The coming one is an extremely serious patriotic song that portrays what the meaning of patriotism in this nation, truly stands for.  We consider our nation as the mother (as many of the nations out there in this world). We have been worshiping the motherland from time immemorial.

Sung by Lata Mangeshkar, Lyrics by Swatantra Veer Savarkar and Composed by Hridaynath Mangeshkar.

Since, this article is about how to select a patriotic hindi song (need not necessarily be a part of movies) to sing for a competition. Hope this article gives a basic idea of what a song is, with a basic knowledge about patriotism.

Wishing you the very best for your competition!