One of the more popular posts on this blog is Euphony from the Yesteryears, where I had compiled a list of songs (with download links) from Doordarshan programmes that we had grown up with. The favourite, of course is Mile Sur Mera Tumhara – the brilliantly crafted song (and video) on national integration.

Though this video is now available at many places on the internet, I tried a little value addition.

First, I attempted to find the names of the people behind the project. Though there is not much information available, and I’m too lazy to go out and try to find out, I put in whatever I could find (but didn’t verify it).

Second, I put in subtitles (in Roman script) so that you can sing along (though most know it by heart). Just a little frill, unlike the Same Language Subtitling [PDF] in Chitrahaar, which has many more benefits.

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Mile Sur Mera Tumhara
(Video on national integration)

Year: 1988

Music: Louis Banks
Lyrics: Piyush Pandey
Director: Suresh Mullick
Camera: Vikram Bangera
Agency: Ogilvy & Mather India
Producer: Lok Sewa Sanchar Parishad

Languages used: (In order of appearance) Hindi, Kashmiri, Punjabi, Sindhi, Urdu, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Malayalam, Bangla, Assamese, Oriya, Gujarati and Marathi (the languages present then in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution of India, which was later amended to include more languages. The present count is 22).

People featured (a partial list): Amitabh Bachchan, Mithun Chakraborty, Kamal Hasan, Jeetendra, Waheeda Rehman, Hema Malini, Tanuja, Sharmila Tagore, Shabana Azmi, Deepa Sahi, Om Puri, Deena Pathak (Actors); Mallika Sarabhai (Dancer); Mario Miranda (Cartoonist); Mrinal Sen (Filmmaker); Bhimsen Joshi, M Balamuralikrishna, Lata Mangeshkar (Singers); Narendra Hirwani, S Venkataraghavan, Prakash Padukone, Arun Lal, PK Banerjee, Syed Kirmani (Sportsmen)

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