Cutting the Chai has moved to a new domain:
You can get in touch with Soumyadip at

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Mile Sur Mera Tumhara (with Subtitles and Credits)

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.

To share/embed this video click here
Download audio [00:05:33 MP3 2.54 MB 64kbps 44 KHz Stereo]

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)


Anonymous said...

This is so cooool! any chance of a better quality video or should I download for the better version?

Soumyadip said...

Gaizabonts This is the best that I've on me. But I've been told that it is again playing on Doordarshan. I'll try to get the hig-res version.

Anonymous said...

I'll keep checking back. Unfortunately being far away from Doordarshan doesn't help. :(

Anonymous said...

It is M. Balamuralikrishna

Soumyadip said...

Anonymous Thanks for pointing that out. Rectified.

Arjuna said...

This is brilliant! I got on the net today intending to look for the video, lyrics, people behind the project, personalities featured... And wow! You had ALL of it!!

Soumyadip said...

Arjuna That was precisely the purpose behind this post. To put everything at one place.

Unknown said...

the lyrics of the Bengali Part is "Tomar Sur Moder Sur Srishti Korur Oikoshur" & those of the Assamese Part "Sristi houk Oikotan". So can u plz change the subtitles for these two parts? Kudos for working so hard in creating this collection.

Soumyadip said...

Amartya: Thanks for pointing that out. But changing the subtitles will involve some amount of effort on my part as I don't think I had saved the project files while re-editing the video. But in case I find that, I'll incorporate the changes you've suggested.

»»Dipu»» said...

In the malayalam part as well... Please try changing "Onnu" chernu to "Othu Chernu". Both means the same here... But Onnu has a meaning close to join and Othu has a meaning close to unison or unify which I think is the gist of the project

Anonymous said...

Thanks. This is a great value addition - the subtitling.
Have the Marathi and Gujarathi labels been interchanged?

I am giving this link to a friend of mine in Athens who is putting up a slideshow about Indian tourist places adding Indian music as a background.

Thanks again.

Unknown said...


Thanks for video and subtitles!

do you have an english translation of this song?

Thanks a lot!


bhowmik said...

Hi Soumyadip,

Thanks for the upload with the subtitles. Its quite helpful for people like me who've been singing along for years without knowing all of the languages :).

I've linked to your page on my blog for the subtitled version of the video.


Anonymous said...

Hi, am unable to download/share the subtitled video. Could you please correct the problem? thanks.

Anonymous said...

The concept for Mile Sur was developed in 1988 by Lok Seva Sanchar Parishad, and promoted by Doordarshan (then India's sole TV broadcaster) and India's Ministry of Information. The song was composed by Ashok Patki, co-composed & arranged by Louis Banks, written by Piyush Pandey (then an Account Manager and presently the Executive Chairman and Creative Head of Ogilvy and Mather, India). The project was conceived and directed by Suresh Mullick (then all India Creative Director, Ogilvy & Mather) and recorded by a group of people from all walks of life, including a supergroup of popular Indians - musicians, sports persons, movie stars, etc.

Sunny said...

Hey u missed out PT Usha and Milkha Singh