Shyam Lal Gupt, the writer of our Indian flag song, “Jhanda Ucha Rahe Hamara”, was born on 9th September 1896. He is widely remembered by his pen name Parshad.
Shyam Lal Gupt was born in Narwal village, Uttar Pradesh, in Dosar Vaishya community to Visheshwar Prasad and Kaushalya Devi. In 1915, he joined the freedom movement and made Fatehpur district his area of activity.
An active participant of many socialist and independence movement and campaigns, he suffered imprisonment many times. He was active participants of Salt Satyagraha and Non-Cooperation Movement.
In the year 1924, Parshad wrote the song on the National Flag ‘Jhanda Ucha Rahe Hamara”. The song became popular and was sung by freedom fighters all over the country during the struggle for independence. The song was first sung in a gathering at Phulbag, Kanpur in remembrance of the Jallianwala Bagh.
A song written by him has been accepted as the flag song of India and is sung every year during the flag hoisting ceremony at the Independence Day and Republic Day celebrations.
The Government of India awarded him the civilian honor of Padma Shri in 1969. Two decades after his death, on 4 March 1997, India Postal Department has issued a postage stamp in his honor.
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