INA’s ‘Singing Soldier’ Who Created The Tune Of India’s National Anthem

Our National anthem is considered as one of the finest compositions in the world till today and we always credit on man behind it.. the great Rabindranath Tagore,however he was behind making the lyrics the original tune was given by somebody else.Its a wonder that a member of Netaji Bose’s Indian National Army, Captain Ram Singh Thakuri created the tune of India’s national anthem and gave us iconic songs like ‘Kadam Kadam Badhaye Ja’. Yet few know his story.

Story Of Captain Ram Singh Thukri

During the period when our land was rife with war and tension, captain Ram Singh Thakuri united 1.3 billion Indians to the sound of music. While many might not recall his name, his spirit has been kept alive in our hearts through his songs of valour, which resonate across the country even today.


Captain Ram joined the army in 1927 at the Dharamsala cantonment. Having been posted to Singapore, he was taken in as a prisoner of war in 1942. But even then, he was one of the few people who were able to evade the clutches of torture, as the captivators would call him on for his charming musical abilities.

Captain Ram Singh Thukral playing piano in front of Gandhi

He joined Subhash Chandra Bose’s newly formed Indian National Army (INA) during that time, where his skills were employed to compose tunes that would inspire the spirit of patriotism. In his brief, Bose said to him, “The song should have such an indelible impact and force that the Cathay Building should ‘break’ into two parts and the sky should become visible.”

Under this command, Captain Thakuri composed the Qaumi Tarana, which would go on to become the anthem of the INA. Sung by 30 lakh Indians at that time, its impact echoed vibrations of inspiration.


The army man and musician was the one to give the lyrics and music for the famous song ‘Kadam Kadam Badhaye Ja’.For his contribution Captain Thakuri was awarded the title of ‘Emeritus Musician’ by the Uttar Pradesh government in 1947.Since years we have been hearing and singing the anthem but still many of us don’t know his legacy and his works for the country. He still remains as one of the unsung heroes of our country.