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30/01/2018 11:57 AM IST | Updated 30/01/2018 12:00 PM IST

Just 6 Glorious Versions Of 'Vaishnava Jana Toh' To Remind India What It Stands For

70 years after Gandhi's death, the song is as relevant as ever.

MS Subbulakshmi and her husband T Sadasivam sitting in their drawing room.
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MS Subbulakshmi and her husband T Sadasivam sitting in their drawing room.

A Hindu bhajan written by the 15th century poet-saint Narsinh Mehta was embraced by Mahatma Gandhi as a beacon of idealism for those who followed the Vaishnava way of life. The Vaishnavs are worshippers of Hindu Lord Vishnu. The song, an integral part of Vaishnava literature and Indian culture, speaks of sacrifice, acceptance, peace, and humility – all tenets of Gandhi's life's work.

Seventy years after Gandhi's death, the song is a stark reminder to divisive forces the ethos that India, as a country, stands for. Here are some beautiful versions of the sung by renowned vocalists.

1. Lata Mangeshkar

2. Bombay Jayashree

3. Riyaaz Qawwali

4. MS Subbulakshmi

5. Vishnupriya Ravi, Sudharshan Ashok

6. KS Chithra

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