A strange turn of fortune surrounds Anna Hazare's fast against corruption that is scheduled for December 27. This is the day when India's national anthem, Jana Gana Mana, completes 100 years. A century later, the irony is unmistakable as the nation wages a second struggle for freedom from corruption , the enemy within.

Reviving the relevance of this historic song, students of Shanmukhananda Sangeetha Sabha will perform the full version before an audience of 2,000 at an upcoming celebration on December 27.

Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore's 'Jana Gana Mana' was first performed on December 27, 1911, at the Calcutta session of the Indian National Congress which was then a national movement, not a political party. Decades later , once the near-impossible dream of Independence was eventually realized, the Constituent Assembly adopted the song as the national anthem on January 24, 1950.

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