‘Mile Sur MeraTumhara’, the evergreen song that represents the Unity in Diversity in India. The song has always been a spellbound catching every ear, murmuring every lips. On 26th January 2010 the song has been re launched with a new face – Phir Mile Sur.
‘Mile Sur MeraTumhara’, was telecast for the first time on Independence Day 1988, after the telecast of the Prime Minister’s speech from the ramparts of the Red Fort. Again on Independence Day 2010 the song has been launched in the new version in Mumbai.
The Old – Mile Sur MeraTumhara
The concept of Mile Sur MeraTumhara was developed by LokSeva Sanchar Parishadand India’s Ministry of Information. Composer Mr Ashok Patki with co-composed & arranged by Louis Banks had framed the song so beautifully with the lyrics by Piyush Pandey that even today it shakes the patriotic feeling of every Indian.
The New – Mile Sur MeraTumhara
The new version retains the old gems of the original track. Again directed by Kailash Surendranat and retaining the music composer/arranger Louis Banks. The new video is actually 5 mins longer than the old one. The unique point in this video you will see is the use of sign language enacted by Salman Khan with small children and showcasing the Indian Armed Forces in the end.
Both the songs end by the final notes from the Indian National Anthem.
The remarkable point in the new version is opening by the King of Music Mr A.R Rahaman followed by Big B. Maximum use of all the types of musical instruments has been used.
The Soul Lyrical format
The unique feature of the lyric is one phrase, repeated in 14 Indian languages: “Mile sur mera tumhara, to sur bane hamara”, meaning “When my tune and your tune merge, it becomes our tune”.
Languages – Marathi,Hindi, Kashmiri, Punjabi, Sindhi, Urdu, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Malayalam, Bangla, Assamese, Oriya and Gujarati
People featured then –
Amitabh Bachchan, MithunChakraborty,TanvirAshai, Kamal Hasan, K.R.Vijaya, Revathi, Jeetendra, WaheedaRehman, HemaMalini, Tanuja, Sharmila Tagore, ShabanaAzmi, DeepaSahi, Om Puri, Dina Pathak, MeenakshiSeshadri (Actors: Film and T.V.) Mallika Sarabhai (Dancer) Mario Miranda (Cartoonist) MrinalSen (Filmmaker) Sunil Gangopadhyay, Annadashankar Ray (Authors) Bhimsen Joshi, M Balamuralikrishna, LataMangeshkar, SuchitraMitra (Singers) NarendraHirwani, S Venkataraghavan, PrakashPadukone, Ramanathan Krishnan, ArunLal, PK Banerjee, ChuniGoswami, Syed Kirmani, Leslie Claudius, Gurbux Singh (Sportsmen), PratapPothen, [AV Ramanan], Shashi (AanaPaappaan)
People featured now –
Amitabh Bachchan, AbhishekBachchan, AishwaryaRaiBachchan, A R Rahman, Sonu Nigam, Salman Khan, Aamir Khan, PrasenjitChatterjee, BaichungBhutia, Shahrukh Khan, Mahesh Babu, DeepikaPadukone, RanbirKapoor, ShahidKapoor, Shaan, BhupenHazarika, KavitaKrishnamoorthy, Dr. L. Subramaniam, Anoushka Shankar, Mammootty, Shivkumar Sharma, Rahul Sharma (musician), Gurdas Mann, JuhiChawla, ZakirHussain (musician), ThetakudiHariharaVinayakram, Vikram, Surya, AbhinavBindra, SudarshanPatnaik, ShilpaShetty, Vijender Singh, Sushil Kumar, Karan Johar, K. J. Yesudas, ShiamakDavar, ShobanaChandrakumar, ShreyaGhosal, RohitBal, Priyanka Chopra, Louis Banks, RituparnaSen Gupta, Amjad Ali Khan, Amaan Ali Khan, Ayaan Ali Khan and Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
Although the new version has been launched but we need to see how it overtakes the eyes and ears of the viewers of the older version. The new avatar has been criticised by many as it has more to do with Bollywood stars and the older one has stick more with the different languages representing the different states. The song has tried to retain the old theme of the song but we need to judge if it has really?