Apna Hi Ghar Samajhiye

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Apna Hi Ghar Samajhiye
Presented byMahendra Kaul and Saleem Shahed
Theme music composerPandit Shiv Dayal Batish
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)Hindi and Urdu
Running time30 minutes
Original networkBBC1
Original release4 October 1965 (1965-10-04) –
17 October 1968 (1968-10-17)
Preceded byIn Logon Se Miliye
Followed byNai Zindagi Naya Jeevan

Apna Hi Ghar Samajhiye (Make Yourself at Home) was a BBC television and radio programme, presented in Hindustani, with the aim of helping immigrants from South Asia to the United Kingdom to become integrated.

The programme was announced on 4 October 1965.[1]

Television programme[edit]

The first episode was broadcast at 9 am on Sunday 10 October 1965 as "In Logon Se Miliye" meaning "Let Me Introduce You". In January 1966 this was altered to Apna Hi Ghar Samajhiye meaning "Make Yourself At Home". In 1966 it was presented by Mahendra Kaul, with Saleem Shahed; the theme song was composed and sung by Pandit Shiv Dayal Batish. In November 1968 there was another title change to Nai Zindagi Naya Jeevan, meaning "New Way, New Life"; this was then replaced in June 1982 with Asian Magazine [2] which ran until April 1987 [3] which, along with companion programme Gharbar, ended ahead of the launch of a new single Saturday afternoon programme Network East in July 1987.[4]

Radio programme[edit]

The first episode was broadcast on the same day on the BBC Home Service, it continued to be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 until 28 December 1986 and throughout its 20 years on air it was called Apna Hi Ghar Samajhiye.


  1. ^ "Immigrants feel at home with BBC". BBC On This Day. 4 October 1965. Retrieved 16 May 2009.
  2. ^ BBC Genome Project – BBC1 listings 20 June 1982
  3. ^ BBC Genome Project – BBC1 listings 26 April 1987
  4. ^ BBC Genome Project – BBC2 listings 25 July 1987

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