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8 Songs to Celebrate Holi in Bollywood Style

Colours and Bhaang – two words that are synonymous with the festival of Holi.

Colors and Bhaang – two words that are synonymous with the festival of Holi.

The festival of colors is celebrated with great fervor and unmatched enthusiasm. It has two significant meaning: a religious celebration signifying the triumph of Good over Evil and commencement of new spring season. In rural areas, it is considered as a festival of thanksgiving to a good harvest. But, the true spirit of this festival lies in the fact that people usually take this opportunity to forget and forgive and move on with life settling past grievances to repair broken relationships.

The festival is an intrinsic part of Indian culture and Bollywood celebrate it in its unique way. Songs are filmed imbued with a variety of hues, a touch of the folk element, enticing choreography that generates mass appeal and makes Holi songs energetic, entertaining and larger-than-life.

Here’s a look at our selected seven songs from different eras to celebrate Holi in Bollywood style as the festival is incomplete without high-energy music.

  1. Holi Aayi Re Kanhaayi (Mother India, 1957)

Holi Aayi Re Kanhaayi is one of the classic Holi songs from the movie Mother India, soaked in rich tradition and exhibited the real essence of Holi with simplicity. Sung by Lata Mangeshkar and Shamshad Begum, the song is based on the tales of Lord Krishna, with music by Naushad Ali, lyrics by Shakeel Badayuni.

  1. Are Ja Re Hat Natkhat (Navrang, 1959)

Arey Ja Re Hat Natkhat is one of the oldest Bollywood songs from the movie Navrang. The protagonist Sandhya was seen doing multitasking with the song, playing the dual character of a man and a woman in one frame. Sung by evergreen Asha Bhonsle, the song is subtle and entertaining. The lyrics by Bharat Vyas have meaningful depth, apt for present times. And the music of C Ramchandra was created with patience and immense care.

  1. Aaj Na Chodenge (Kati Patang, 1970)

Aaj Na Chodenge is an old-fashioned song from the movie Kati Patang is an apt Holi song as it brings out romance and open flirting (which people take it otherwise in present times). Composed by RD Burman, sung by Kishore Kumar & Lata Mangeshkar, and filmed on superstar Rajesh Khanna and Asha Parekh.

  1. Holi Ke Din (Sholay, 1975)

Holi Ke Din is an evergreen song from the movie Sholay sung by Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar with magical music by RD Burman and lyrics by Anand Bakshi. It is an essential song as it reflects the true essence of the festival of ‘forgiving and forgetting’ the ill will. This is a must song on everyone’s playlist.

  1. Rang Barse (Silsila, 1981)

Rang Barse from the movie Silsila is a perfect Holi anthem, which is said to be one of India’s best folk song. Holi celebration is incomplete without this song. Harivansh Rai Bachchan wrote it, and the music by the legendary musicians – Shivkumar Sharma and Hariprasad Chaurasia makes it a quintessential Holi song.

  1. Holi Khele Raghuveera (Baghban, 2003)

Holi Khele Raghuveera from the movie Baghban is about a family enjoying Holi together. The song has a rustic feel, especially, when Amitabh Bachchan had lent his voice in the song, along with Udit Narayan, Sukhvinder Singh, and Alka Yagnik. Music is by Aadesh Shrivastava and lyrics by Sameer.

  1. Balam Pichkari (Ye Jawani Hai Deewani, 2013)

Balam Pichkari is a fun dance number from the movie Ye Jawani Hai Deewani. Sung by Shalmali Kholgade and Vishal Dadlani, the song is a modern day version of Holi celebration among the youngsters and a favorite in Holi parties. The peppy music is by Pritam Chakraborty and engaging lyrics by Amitabh Bhattacharya

About Asma Rafat

Asma Rafat is an Independent Journalist based in New Delhi. Previously with The Free Press Journal and Channel NewsAsia. When not thinking about stories, she is busy reading Urdu poetry, watching movies or taking photographs. Find her on Twitter @asmarafat

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