|Directed by||Hemen Gupta|
|Written by||Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay|
|Music by||Hemant Kumar
Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay, Jayadeva (lyrics)
Anand Math is a 1952 Hindi patriotic-historical film directed by Hemen Gupta, based on Anandamath, the famous Bengali novel written by Bankim Chandra Chatterjee in 1882. The novel and film are set in the events of the Sannyasi Rebellion, which took place in the late 18th century in Bengal.
The film starred Prithviraj Kapoor, Bharat Bhushan, Geeta Bali, Pradeep Kumar and Ajit in the lead. Pradeep Kumar made his debut in Hindi cinema, as did the film's music director Hemant Kumar. Hemant had already worked in Bengali cinema for a while, but then shifted to Mumbai to start a career in Hindi cinema. With this film, Hemant Kumar took a staff position as a composer with S. Mukherjee's Filmistan Studios.
The film was scored by Hemant Kumar; it was his first film score in Hindi cinema. Notable songs included Vande Mataram, based on the song written by Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyaya himself. This song played an important role throughout the Indian Independence Movement and was eventually declared the "National Song" at the time of independence in 1947. Kumar's tune for Vande Mataram is still considered an important version of this popular and widely interpreted song.
- Jai Jagdish Hare – Hemant Kumar and Geeta Roy
- Hare Murara, Jai Jagdish Hare
- Vande Mataram – Lata Mangeshkar
- Vande Mataram - Hemant Kumar
- Bharat Bhushan - Mahendra
- Pradeep Kumar - Jivanand
- Geeta Bali - Shanti
- Ranjana - Kalyani
- Ajit - Bhavanand
- Prithviraj Kapoor- Satyananda
- Pradeep Kumar Rediff.com
- Hemant Kumar Archived 17 September 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
- Hemant Kumar Filmography
- Post Independence era Vande Mataram, A most popular and evergreen Indian song.