Captain Ram Singh Thakur
(15 August 1914-15 April 2002) was an Indian
freedom fighter, musician and the composer of the music of the current version of the Indian National Anthem
, Jana Gana
. He also composed, while serving in the Indian National Army
a number of patriotic songs including "Kadam Kadam Badaye Ja..."
and "Subh Sukh Chain"
Later in life, Captain Singh worked for the Uttar Pradesh
Provincial Arms Constabulary (PAC) and founded the Constabulary band.
Captain Ram Singh was born in the North Indian Village of Khanyara, near Dharamsala
on August 15, 1914. As the son of a serviceman, Singh was encouraged to enrol in the army
. After completing school in 1922, Singh joined the 1st Gorkha Rifles
as a recruit in the band. From early childhood, he also had an interest in music, which was encouraged by his grandfather. his grandfather Mr. Jamni Chand was migrated from Munakot village in Pithoragarh district of Kumaon
hills, Uttarakhand in 1890.<!-- It's unclear what this text does >>> after completing school in 1922. -->
In the Army, Singh was able to combine his love for music along with his service. He trained in classical and western music as well as ballad, brass band, string band and dance band.
British Indian Army
Singh earned the King George VI medal
while serving in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
between 1937 and 1939. Promoted in 1941 to Company......