Aye Mere Watan Ke Logo
"Aye Mere Watan Ke Logo" (ऐ मेरे वतन के लोगों; "O! the people of my country!") is a Hindi patriotic song written by Kavi Pradeep,composed by C. Ramchandra and sung by Lata Mangeshkar commemorating Indian soldiers who died during the Sino-Indian War. Kavi Pradeep was reportedly moved to compose the song by accounts of casualties of the war.
The song was famously performed live on January 27, 1963 by Lata Mangeshkar at the National Stadium in the presence of Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru at the Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi on account of Republic Day (26 January) 1963, just two months after the end of the war. A copy of the soundtrack spool was also later gifted to Nehru on the occasion. The song is said to have moved Nehru to tears.
"Those who don't feel inspired by 'Aye mere watan ke logo' doesn't deserve to be called a Hindustani", said Nehru, who was visibly moved by the song. The song received rave appreciation from across the country.
In 2013, Lata Mangeshkar told a TV channel that initially she had declined to sing the song as she had not got enough time to rehearse the song. "It was Pradeepji, (Kavi Pradeep) the poet, who wrote the immortal lyrics, who came to me and asked me to sing the song. I declined, because there was no time to rehearse. You see, at that time I was working round-the-clock. To give special attention to one song seemed impossible. But Pradeepji insisted," Lata said, admitting that she was very nervous before the performance. Kavi Pradeep, the man who penned lyrics of the song, couldn't witness the event. "My regret is that Pradeepji had not been called for the Republic Day function where I sang the song. If he was there, he would have seen with his own eyes what impact 'Ae mere watan ke logo' had," Lata told. 
All of the artists and technicians involved with the song — including singers, musicians, music director, lyricist, recording studio, sound recordist — and later, lyricist Kavi Pradeep pledged the royalty of the song in perpetuity to the War Widows Fund.[dead link] In 2005, the Bombay High Court asked the music company HMV to indicate a lump sum payable to the Army Welfare Fund from the song's royalty proceeds.
Ae mere vatan ke logon Tum khoob laga lo naara Ye shubh din hai ham sab ka Lehera lo tiranga pyaara Par mat bhoolo seema par Veeron ne hai praan ganvae Kuch yaad unhein bhi kar lo(2) Jo laut ke ghar na aaye(2) [title chorus...] Ae mere vatan ke logon Zara aankh mein bhar lo paani Jo shaheed hue hain unki Zara yaad karo qurbaani Tum bhool na jaao unko Isliye suno ye kahaani Jo shaheed hue hain unki, Zara yaad karo qurbaani [end chorus]
Jab desh mein thi diwali Woh khel rahe the holi Jab ham baithe the gharon mein Woh jhel rahe the goli Sangeen pe dhar kar maatha So gaye amar balidaani Jo shaheed hue hain unki, Zara yaad karo qurbaani
Jab ghayal hua himaalaya Khatre mein padi aazadi Jab tak thi saans lade woh (2) Phir apni laash bichha di Jo khoon gira parvat par Woh khoon tha hindustaani Jo shaheed hue hain unki, Zara yaad karo qurbaani
Koi sikh koi jaat maraatha (2) Koi gurakha koi madaraasi (2) Sarhad par marane vaala (2) Har veer tha bhaaratvaasi The dhanya javaanon woh aapane Thi dhanya woh unki javaani Jo shaheed hue hain unki Zara yaad karo qurbaani
Thi khoon se lath-path kaaya Phir bhi bandook uthaakar Dus dus ko ek ne maara Phir gir gaye hosh ganva kar Jab ant samay aaya to (2) Keh gaye ke ab marate hain Khush rahana desh ke pyaaron (2) Ab hum to safar karate hain (2) Kya log the woh deewane Kya log the woh abhimaani Jo shaheed hue hain unki Zara yaad karo qurbaani
Tum bhool na jaao unko Is liye kahi ye kahaani Jo shaheed hue hain unki zara yaad karo qurbaani
Jay hind! jay hind ki sena (2) Jay hind! (3)
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