Alka Yagnik, Javed Akhtar unveil literacy anthem

Published: September 4, 2012
This powerful song was written by renowned lyricist Javed Akhtar and sung by Alka Yagnik and Sonu Nigam. PHOTO: FILE

This powerful song was written by renowned lyricist Javed Akhtar and sung by Alka Yagnik and Sonu Nigam. PHOTO: FILE


Bollywood celebrities such as Alka Yagnik, Javed Akhtar and Lalit Pandit, along with Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal, launched a new literacy anthem as part of the campaign of promoting adult literacy in India, this Monday.

Written by Akhtar, the national literacy anthem “Humko padhna hai aage badna hai” marked the launch of the National Literacy Mission’s new mass adult literacy awareness campaign “Saakshar Bharat Abhiyan”, which aims to educate illiterate people at the grass-root level.

A video of the literacy anthem featuring actors Shahrukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Shabana Azmi, Farhan Akhtar, Kareena Kapoor and Anil Kapoor was also showcased at the occasion.

“The song, composed by Lalit Pandit and sung by Alka Yagnik and Sonu Nigam, is so heartwarming that all those people who would hear it will automatically get inspired to come together and support the cause,” Sibal said.

“It is of utmost importance, to fight against illiteracy. If we don’t educate the women of our country, India will never rise. I would like to congratulate the people behind ‘Saakshar Bharat Abhiyan’, who have been able to successfully move ahead with their adult education programme.”

“Almost two million adults have taken their literacy exams and according to assessment of National Institute of Open Schooling, 150 million have cleared it, of which 70 per cent are women. This is in itself a big achievement,” he added.

“This initiative won’t be successful, if all of us don’t come together. We need the support of volunteer teachers, gram panchayats, parents and Bollywood celebrities as well, who can inspire the common man,” he added.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 5th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • gp65
    Sep 4, 2012 - 9:36PM

    Here is the song. Touching. India has done a great job of ensuring school age kids are in school. Adult literacy is the big challenge now.


  • Raw is War
    Sep 4, 2012 - 9:45PM

    salutations to Javed,


  • Rahul
    Sep 4, 2012 - 10:13PM

    Indeed India should ain to get 90% literacy by 2020 .Curently its at 74.04%. It consists of male literacy rate 82.14% and female literacy rate is 65.46%. Female literacy should go up for the aggregate to go up and also realize their potential.


  • Sir King Kong Bunty
    Sep 4, 2012 - 10:20PM

    Pakistan should also create a literacy anthem. After all there are so many rockstars here. Ali Azmat for example. He and Zaid Hamid can come with a new anthem literacy anthem which will expose the Zionist-hindu-CIA-RAW-Mossad-MI5-MI6-Darth Vader conspiracy against the Islam Republic.


  • Giri
    Sep 5, 2012 - 12:27AM

    What is the use of literacy when politicians of the country are illiterate and thugs? 74% litterates cannot defeat the scams and corruption. Kapil Sibal will be busy now for launch on next Akash 3 brand while counting is money from all corruption scandals he and his buddies are involved. First let him launch literacy and decency campaign for his buddies and himself.


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