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 and arranged by Louis Banks, with lyrics by Piyush Pandey.
The project was conceived by Suresh Mallik and kailash surendranath and directed by kailash surendranath and recorded by people from all walks of life, including a supergroup of Indian celebrities — musicians, sports persons, movie stars, etc.
The national integration video was intended to instill a sense of pride and promote unity amongst Indians, highlighting India’s different linguistic communities and societies — 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.