Social Media is abuzz discussing how the same man – Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore – wrote the anthems of both countries. Jana Gana Mana, the Indian anthem and Amar Sonar Bangla or My Golden Bengal, the Bangladesh anthem.
Yes, this is all happening in the cricket field in Melbourne and a knockout match, with the winner going into the semis. But there is also a sentiment of bonding.
Jana Gana Mana was selected as the Indian national anthem on 24 January, 1950 – two days before India was named a republic. Amar Shonar Bangla was written in 1905 when Lord George Curzon partitioned Bengal for the first time.
— Dibang (@dibang) March 19, 2015
The song was adopted as the Bangladeshi national anthem during the liberation war in 1971. There have been nearly 5,000 tweets around National Anthem and 2,000 tweets on Rabindranath Tagore.
— missMe (@sonali_pinki) March 18, 2015
Two national Anthem জন গণ মন Jana Gana Mana and আমার সোনার বাংলা Amar Sonar Bangla to be played now! Both by RabindraNath Tagore. #indvsban
— i ♥ Hrithik Roshan (@Hrithikdbest) March 28, 2014
The IPL team KKR had its own take and connect on the matter.
National Anthem of both India & Bangladesh written by Bengali, Rabindranath Tagore! So it’s KORBO LORBO JEETBO RE for both teams! #INDvsBAN
— KKR Knight Riders (@kkrofficial) March 19, 2015
Then, there were some who objected to the whole idea.
Rabindranath Tagore is trending due to a cricket match. Now Sachin Tendulkar should trend during the next Literature festival.
— Faking News (@fakingnews) March 19, 2015
Meanwhile, Google was also all geared up for the clash between India and Bangladesh with a colourful doodle.
The Doodle depicted six batting shots dipped in India and Bangladesh flag colours and a caption that read: “It’s India vs Bangladesh in the Quarter-Finals”.