Other than the core meaning, one must also be aware of general rules regarding singing The National Anthem:
- This full version of the anthem is about 52 seconds long.It must be completed on time.There is also a shorter version that includes only the first and last lines of the full version. The short version of India's national anthem, which is 20 seconds long, comprises the following quartet:
- One must always stand in an upright manner while the anthem is playing.
- Renditions of the anthem--other than those that resemble the original--are considered disrespectful.
- One must not be under the influence of any substance or intoxicated while singing the anthem--the idea is to have a clear mind and mean what you're saying!
- If the National Anthem is played by a band, it should be preceded by a roll of drums--which is about 7 seconds long--to make the audience aware of it, and give them enough time to stand.
-There should not be any indiscriminate singing of the anthem.
A failure to abide by these rules is punishable by law!