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Good To Know: General Instructions To Follow While The National Anthem Is Being Played

Pavan Manikanta Kumar

December 30th, 2016


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National Anthem

The National Anthem of India is played or sung on various occasions. Instructions have been issued from time to time about the correct versions of the Anthem, the occasions on which these are to be played or sung, and about the need for paying respect to the anthem by observance of proper decorum on such occasions. Here are the instructions to be followed while singing National Anthem and also during the playing of the Anthem.


General Instruction While The National Anthem Is Sung Or Played

Mass Singing of the Anthem: 

  1. The full version of the Anthem shall be played accompanied by mass singing on the following occasions:
    • On the unfurling of the National Flag, on cultural events or ceremonial functions other than parades.
    • On arrival of the President at any Government or Public function (but excluding formal State functions and mess functions) and also immediately before his departure from such functions.
  2. On all occasions when the National Anthem is sung, the full version shall be recited accompanied by mass singing.
  3. The Anthem may be sung on occasions which, although not strictly ceremonial, are nevertheless invested with significance because of the presence of Ministers, etc. The singing of the Anthem on such occasions (with or without the accompaniment of an instrument) accompanied by mass singing is desirable.
  4. There is no objection to the singing of the Anthem accompanied by mass singing if it is done with due respect as a salutation to the motherland and proper decorum is maintained.
  5. In all schools, the day’s work may begin with community singing of the anthem. School authorities should make adequate provision in their programmes for popularising the singing of the Anthem and promoting respect for the National Flag among students.

General instruction while the National Anthem is sung or played: 

  1. Whenever the Anthem is sung or played, the audience shall stand to attention.
  2. However, when in the course of a newsreel or documentary the Anthem is played as a part of the film, it is not expected of the audience to stand as standing is bound to interrupt the exhibition of the movie and would create disorder and confusion rather than add to the dignity of the Anthem.
  3. As in the case of the flying of the National Flag, it has been left to the good sense of the people not to indulge in indiscriminate singing or playing of the Anthem.

Note: According to Supreme Court  “As the guidelines are going to be issued, we clarify, if a physically challenged person or physically handicapped person goes to the cinema hall to watch a film, he need not stand up, if he is incapable of standing, but must show such conduct which is commensurate with respect for the National Anthem”

The matter will next be heard on February 14, 2017.

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Disclaimer : *This information is subject to periodic government policy / process change. Kindly contact the concerned department to cross check for recent updates, if any.


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