Author of Sare Jahan Se Achha
'Sare Jahan Se Achha, Hindustan Hamara' is an Urdu poem with a patriotic theme written by the all-rounder poet & politician Muhammad Iqbal. It is still sung fondly by Indians and remains one of the best patriotic songs ever written. The poem was published in the weekly journal called ‘Ittehaad’ on 16th August 1904 and later recited by Iqbal at the Government College of Lahore.
- 'Sare Jahan Se Achha' was composed as an Ode to Hindustan- present-day India, Bangladesh & Pakistan.
- The song was later published in the Urdu book Bang-e-Dara in 1924.
- The poem is known to have been publicly recited by Iqbal at a Government College in Lahore.
- It is said that Mahatma Gandhi sang this song over a hundred times while in Yerawada jail in Pune around 1930.
- The current tune of the song 'Sare Jahan Se Achha' was composed by Pt. Ravi Shankar.
- Later, Lata Mangeshkar sang it to a third tune different from the original one.
Who wrote the song Sare Jahan Se Achha?
An Urdu poet & politician, Muhammad Iqbal, wrote the poem Sare Jahan Se Achha Hindustan Hamara in 1904. The song talks about India and describes the country's features in the most endearing way. The song was originally a patriotic poem referred to as ‘Taranah-e-Hindi’.