Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar released a patriotic song called Watan produced by Doordarshan on Tuesday ahead of the Independence Day celebrations.

The song pays a tribute to New India, a statement from the I&B said. It highlights several path-breaking initiatives of the government, including the determination and vision behind the recent successful launch of Chandrayaan 2. The song also pays tribute to the bravery of the country’s armed forces and martyrs.

Sung by Bollywood singer Javed Ali (known for songs like Ishaqzaade and Jab Tak Hai Jaan), written by lyricist Alok Shrivastav and musically composed by Dushyant, the track has been produced by public service broadcaster Doordarshan, Prasar Bharati.

Currently available on all the stations and kendras of All India Radio and Doordarshan, the song has been made free of copyright by Doordarshan and ministry of I&B for all the FM stations, entertainment and news television channels, social media and all other communication platforms to ensure that it reaches and is enjoyed by as many people as possible, the statement said.

Audiences would remember than more than three decades ago, Doordarshan had promoted a song called Mile Sur Mera Tumhara with an accompanying video propagating national integration and unity in diversity. Featuring celebrities like Lata Mangeshkar, Amitabh Bachchan, Jeetendra, Mithun Chakraborty, Sharmila Tagore, Mallika Sarabhai, Hema Malini, Tanuja, Pandit Bhimsen Joshi and several others, it saw a recreated version in 2010 with an updated cast and was titled Phir Mile Sur Mera Tumhara.

Mile Sur Mera Tumhara was about celebrating unity in diversity whereas the new song is about the aspirations of New India, centered on its courage, valour and the promise we make to our country to take it to greater heights and do things to make it the best," Doordarshan director-general Supriya Sahu said.

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