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80s melody strikes chord with audience, again | India News

NEW DELHI: The enduring song on national integration that an entire generation of Indians grew up to — the 1988 classic ‘Mile Sur Mera Tumhara’ — brought the curtains down on the three-hour music performance at the President’s dinner for G20 leaders on Saturday, reinforcing India’s message of One Earth, One Family, One Future.
The 1988 classic, developed by Lok Seva Sanchar Parishad and promoted by Doordarshan and the ministry of information and broadcasting, was first aired on Doordarshan on Independence Day in 1988. Composed by Pandit Bhimsen Joshi and arranged by Louis Banks, the song was a mix of 14 Indian languages, bringing together sports persons, Bollywood celebrities, musicians and common Indians to tell In- dia’s story of unity indiversity.
On Saturday, the song was given a new lease of life. Gandharv Aatyodyam, the group of 78 instrumentalists from across India performed the song using 92 instruments — the rare Vichitra and Saraswati Veena among them — to deliver an enthralling performance that brought the audiences on its feet, and UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and First Lady Akshata Murty on stage, to applaud the performingartists.
The three-hour-long ‘Bharat Vadya Darshanam (India’s instrumental journey)’ was conceptualised by the Sangeet Natak Akademi chairman Sandhya Purecha. Combining 34 Hindustani instruments, 18 Carnatic instruments, and 40 folk instruments, including a range of rare instruments like Surbahar, Jaltarang, Naltarang, Vichitra Veena, Rudra Veena, Saraswati Veena, Dhangli, Sundri, Bhapang and Dilruba, the performance amalgamated the music traditions of Indian states, along with evening raagas from Hindustani and carnatic traditions.
Speaking to TOI, Purecha, said, “The performance, widely appreciated by the guests at the President’s dinner, was divided into three parts and combined a host of raagas, tempos and folk dances…”

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