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'Mile Sur Mera Tumhara' gets a new avatar
'Mile Sur Mera Tumhara' has got recreated in a new version after two decades. 'Phir Mile Sur' was released on the eve of Republic Day. This iconic new version features 60 famous personalities from diverse fields.
"MILE SUR mera tumhara" was conceptualized and conceived by late Suresh Mallick and it was first aired on Doordarshan on Aug 15, 1988. After 22 years Arti and Kailash Surendranath have recreated and presented it as "Phir mile sur."
"Mile sur mera tumhara" is considered among the most patriotic songs, a song that celebrates the spirit of unity in diversity. Everybody in our generation and those preceding must have heard it.
Earlier Doordarshan telecasted it on a regular basis. The popular video featured the famous from every field: the film industry, sports, politics and music etc. From vocalists Bhimsen Joshi and Balamurali Krishna to sitar maestro Ravi Shankar, tabla maestros Allah Rakha and Zakir Hussain to sportsmen Narendra Hirwani and Prakash Padukone appeared in the original.

The new version of this patriotic song, "Phir mile sur" was released on the eve of the 60th Republic Day. More than 60 known personalities, including film stars, sports stars and other prominent personalities feature in the new video. Stars like Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra, Shankar Mahadevan, Juhi Chawla, Shaan, Shahid Kapoor, Vijendra Kumar, Susil Kumar, Avinab Bindra and many more have been included. Sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik from Orissa too has found a place in the iconic “Phir Mile Sur Mera Tumhara.”

In times like the present with the ever present threat of terrorism looming large over the nation, television channels realized that this song needed to reach more people. More channels besides Doordarshan and FM radio channels needed to telecast this message of national integration.

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