One day when I was watching TV, I was strolling from one channel to other to find some interesting stuff to enjoy. Meanwhile, I was stopped by Doordarshan, the sole broadcaster of India in its initial days of post-independence era, where the song, Miley sur mera tumhara was being telecasted. It reminded me of my childhood days, when Doordarshan and DD Metro used to be the only two channels of recreation. And this song used to be telecasted at very frequent intervals in between the TV programmes. That time I was too small to understand its ulterior meaning and being a nationalistic song, it was based on Indian classical music also, which just had no place in my childhood shelf of music that had only rhymes and poems then. So I just used to countdown the minutes of song and its sections to get over soon so that I could continue watching my favorite show. That time the song used to appear too long to me, the duration of 6 min 9 sec, in between my favorite cartoon shows or kids shows. During later days of childhood when we moved towards modernization, cable TV, Dish connection ruled our entertainment life of TV, and Doordarshan became just a bygone thing. These days also, sometimes when I come across with Doordarshan, I still find it same as earlier it used to be, same shows with same names with just a slight different add-on programmes.
But later, on that day I found a total contradictory situation to earlier that actually I was enjoying that song, it might be nostalgia of childhood or actually I had started liking Classical music which was truly not my kind of music or my mind was yearning for some soulful music. I think all reasons are true. I respect the essence of divinity lies in traditional Indian classical music and it’s appearing in my choice now. Thus by that day this song became a new add-on to my favorite songs’ list.
This song was developed by Lok Seva Sanchar Parishad (Council for Public Service Communication) in 1988 and since then it has been getting promoted by Doordarshan and India’s Ministry of Information till now also. This song had intention to instill a sense of national integration, unity in diversity, a bond of unison among Indians above all diverse regional languages and regional differences. Despite having so many diversities in India, this song succeeded in its motive to instill the sense of pride of being an Indian, a citizen of a unified Country and it gained Near-Anthem status.
It highlighted India’s different linguistic communities and societies and people from various walks of life including super group of Indian celebrities—musicians, sports persons, movie stars, etc. It was first telecasted from Red Fort, Delhi after the telecast of Prime Minister’s speech on Independence Day, 1988.
This song interprets through its lyrics “Mile sur mera tumhara to sur bane hamara” that when your tune mingles with mine, it creates ours”
Song Name- Ek Sur or Mile Sur Mera Tumhara
Composer- Ashok Patki
Co-Composer and Arranger- Louis Banks
Lyricist- Piyush Pandey
Director- Suresh Mullick
List of celebrities appeared- (partial list):
Kamal Hassan, Amitabh Bachchan, Raj Kapoor, Mithun Chakraborty, Tanvir Ashai, K. R. Vijaya, Revathi,Jeetendra, Waheeda Rehman, Hema Malini, Tanuja, Sharmila Tagore, Shabana Azmi, Deepa Sahi, Om Puri, Dina Pathak, Meenakshi Seshadri (Actors: Film and T.V.) Mallika Sarabhai (Dancer) Mario Miranda (Cartoonist) Mrinal Sen (Filmmaker) Sunil Gangopadhyay, Annadashankar Ray (Authors) Bhimsen Joshi, M Balamuralikrishna, Lata Mangeshkar, Suchitra Mitra (Singers) Narendra Hirwani, S Venkataraghavan, Prakash Padukone, Ramanathan Krishnan, Arun Lal, P. K. Banerjee, Chuni Goswami, Syed Kirmani, Leslie Claudius, Gurbux Singh (Sportsmen), Pratap Pothan, and AV Ramanan.
Languages Used-Hindi, Gujarati, Urdu, Punjabi, Sindhi, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Malayalam, Bengali, Assamese, Oriya, Gujarati and Marathi. (Among the languages present, then in 1988, in the Eighth Schedule of the [Constitution of India]).
It has got another re-recorded version developed in 2010 for the promotion of the cause of adult- literacy. It got an updated cast and developers from the current generation. It was named Phir Mile sur mera tumhara.
Info courtesy: Wikipedia