Mile Sur Mera Tumhara - The Indian Patriotic Composition


Mile Sur Mera Tumhara:

  • The song's lyrics are unique; One phrase, repeated in fourteen Indian languages: "Milē sur mērā tumhārā, tō sur banē hamārā", meaning "When my musical note and your musical note merge, it becomes our musical note".

  • "Ek sur" (One Tune) (languages of India), or "Mile Sur Mera Tumhara" as it is better known, is an Indian song and accompanying video promoting national integration and unity in diversity.

  • 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.
    The national integration video was intended to instill a sense of pride and promote unity amongst Indians, highlighting the different linguistic communities and societies that live in India - India's unity in diversity, so to speak.

  • Mile Sur 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.


  • Languages used: Marathi, Hindi, Kashmiri, Punjabi, Sindhi, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Malayalam, Bangla, Assamese, Oriya and Gujarati . (Among the languages present, then in 1988, in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution of India.


  • Some notable personalities of the song: Amitabh Bachchan, Mithun Chakraborty, Tanvir Ashai, Kamal Hasan, 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, PK Banerjee, Chuni Goswami, Syed Kirmani, Leslie Claudius, Gurbux Singh (Sportsmen), Pratap Pothen, [AV Ramanan], Shashi (Aana Paappaan).



  • Transcription:
    “milē sur merā tumhārā, tō sur banē hamārā
    sur kī nadiyān
    ̐ har diśā sē, bahte sāgar men̐
    milē
    bādalōn
    ̐
    kā rūp lēkar, barse halkē halkē
    milē sur merā tumhārā, tō sur banē hamārā
    milē sur merā tumhārā
    Chaain taraz tai myain taraz, ik watt baniye saayen taraz
    tērā sur milē mērē sur dē nāl, milkē ba
    ē ikk navān̐
    sur tāl
     milē sur merā tumhārā, tō sur banē hamārā
     mun
    ̐hin̐jō sur tun̐hin̐jē sān̐ piyārā milē jad̤ahin̐, gīt asān̐jō madhur tarānō baē tad̤ahin̐

    sur ka darya bahte sagar men mile, bādalān
    ̐ dā rūp laikē, barsan haulē haulē
    Isaindhal namm iruvarin suramum namadhakum
    Dhisai veru aanalum aazi ser aarugal Mugilai
    mazaiyai pozivadu pol isai
    Nam isai
    nanna dhvanige ninna dhvaniya, sēridante namma dhvaniya
    nā svaramu nī svaramu sangamamayi, mana svaran
    a avatarincē
    e
    ṉṯe svaravum niṅṅkaoe svaravum, ottucērnnu namo
    e svaramāy
    tōmār sūr mōdēr sūr, sri
    ṣṭ
    i karuk aikyasūr
    sri
    ṣṭ
    i hauk aikyatān
    tuma āmara svarara mi
    ana, sriṣṭ
    i kari chālu ekā tāna
    ma
    ē sur jō tārō mārō, banē āpō sur nirā
    ō
    mājhyā tumchyā ju
    tā tārā, madhur surānchyā barastī dhārā
    sur kī nadiyān
    ̐ har diśā sē, bahte sāgar men̐
    milē
    bādalōn
    ̐
    kā rūp lēkar, barse halkē halkē
    milē sur merā tumhārā, tō sur banē hamārā
The song itself ends by fading into the final notes of the Indian National Anthem.

 Vande Mataram!! Jai Hind!!