Vaishnava jana to
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M. S. Subbulakshmi
Vaishnava jana to is one of the most popular Hindu Bhajans, written in the 15th century by the poet Narsinh Mehta. It is in the Gujarati language. The bhajan was included in Mahatma Gandhi’s daily prayer. The bhajan speaks about the life, ideals and mentality of a Vaishnav Jana (a follower of Vishnu or Krishna).
Lyrics of the bhajan:
વૈષ્ણવ જન તો તેને કહિયે, જે પીડ પરાયી જાણે રે
वैष्णव जन तो तेने कहिये जे पीड पराई जाणे रे,
One who is a Vaishnav (one who is a devotee of Vishnu)
- This bhajan has inspired many people. This bhajan was one favourite bhajan of Mahatma Gandhi.
- In 1999, this song has been rendered in a single album by top artistes such as classical vocalists, Gangubai Hangal and Pandit Jasraj and pop star Remo Fernandes and also including, Sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan, Pandit Narayan on the sarangi, flute maestro Hariprasad Chaurasia and santoor exponent Shivkumar Sharma played an instrumental rendition of this song.
- Along with Raghupati Raghava Raja Ram, Vaishnava jana to is also sung regularly by Delhi's best known western classical choral groups — The Capital City Minstrels at its annual Peace Concerts coinciding with Gandhi Jayanti.
In movies 
Elements of the hymn were included in Hollywood movie Gandhi, Bollywood movies Water & Road to Sangam and Kollywood movie Hey Ram. The hymn was also used as a title song for several Indian films. Its recital by classical singer M. S. Subbulakshmi is very popular.
See also 
- "Gandhi's Favourite Hymns".
- "Album on Gandhi’s hymn". Tribune. Retrieved 12 March 2012.
- Nalini Natarajan; Emmanuel Sampath Nelson (1996). Handbook of Twentieth-Century Literatures of India. Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 100–. ISBN 978-0-313-28778-7. Retrieved 10 October 2012.