The streets will be filled with worshippers carrying their small Ganesh idols. There�۪ll be bursts of colour to where the eyes can see. People will rejoice by banging drums and joining their hands to worship the Lord Ganesh.
BizAsia will look at five Bollywood songs which celebrate the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi, which is on 17th September this year.
Ganpati Apne Gaon Chale from ��Agneepath�۪ (1990)
The song opens in a village with Neelam Kothari Soni and Mithun Chakraborty dancing merrily with the villagers. Amitabh Bachchan who played the role of Vijay Dinanath Chauhan is seen carrying the Ganesh idol alongside his family. They walk together to immerse the holy idol into the sea. While there are celebrations taking place there is another story taking place in the song as the villain played by Danny Denzongpa is acquitted from court.
The lyrics are about the worshippers asking how are they to find peace now that their lord Ganesh is leaving for his own village. The music for this film was given by Laxmikant Pyarelal and French composer Jean Michel Jarre. The song was sung by three artists Sudesh Bhosle, Kavita Krishnamurthy and Anupama Deshpande.
Agley Baras Tum Jaldi Aana from ��Aasoo Bane Angarey�۪ (1993)
Dressed in a traditional Indian outfit Madhuri Dixit dances happily on the streets of India accompanied by other dancers. A large Ganesh idol is shown being paraded through the streets with people taking blessings.
Lata Mangeshkar sang this 90�۪s classic while the music was given by Rajesh Roshan. The lyrics focus on asking the god of wisdom and prosperity to come back earlier next year. Usually songs dedicated to this festival are performed by male actors but for once a big actress like Dixit was given the chance to perform on this song alone. At the end of the song Dixit is seen along with other worshippers immersing their small Ganesh idols into the sea.
Morya Re from Don: The Chase Begins Again�۪ (2006)
Shah Rukh Khan did a double role in the film one was the cunning Don while the other a simpleton known as Vijay. The character Vijay is introduced to the audiences at the Ganesh Chaturthi festival where he is seen gargling, preparing himself to perform. Vijay sings on the streets to make a living for himself and a child named Tipu.
Shankar Mahadevan sang for Khan and the music was composed by music directors Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. The sounds in the song consisted of drums, bells and cymbals giving the song an almost party sort of feel.
The character Vijay sings about how lord Ganesh will have to return again next year because only after worshipping him, he�۪ll be at peace. People are seen dancing, throwing flowers and waving flags in joy.
Deva Shri Ganesha from ��Agneepath�۪ (2012)
One of the most upbeat songs dedicated to the lord Ganesh, still a popular song three years down the line. Music directors Ajay and Atul composed the songs for the film and the lyrics were written by Amitabh Bhattacharya. Ajay Gogavale sang for Hrithik Roshan.
In a sea of orange and yellow Roshan is shown taking blessings from the large idol of Ganesh. Priyanka Chopra is also in the song dancing with Kanika Tiwari who played the role of Roshan�۪s younger sister.
The different types of drums used along with the traditional instruments create a lively song. The music directors created a song that celebrated the god without a hint of sadness. Previous songs dedicated to the festival showed the sadness of the worshippers as the festival was ending but this one praises the god and people are seen to be rejoicing.
Sadda Dil Vi Tu from ��ABCD: Any Body Can Dance�۪ (2013)
Two songs filled with dance and passion all in the name of the Lord Ganesh. The first is a dance off which takes place between a group of youths, something that has never been seen before in a song dedicated to a holy festival.
The second song is sung by Hard Kaur who adds a unique twist with her voice. The lyrics were written by Mayur Puri and composer duo Sachin-Jigar made the music. Truly the music composers of the film made a mark with the songs and the film itself. Not many have tried experimenting with songs dedicated to a god or a religious festival but this one dared to try something different. Western beats mixed with the Indian culture, a brilliant combination. The music composers were highly appreciated for the music created in the film.
The video shows a grand performance taking place with many dancers on a stage competing for victory, in a dance competition. Dressed in red, black and gold the dancers are seen dancing in various dance styles from hip hop to kathak. It is a song that has everything.
BizAsia wishes its readers a happy Ganesh Chaturthi.
By Yasmin Shabir