Ganesh Chaturthi 2020: 10 Bollywood songs portraying the festival


Ganesh Chaturthi, commemorated as Lord Ganesha’s birthday, is a major festival in the Hindu calendar and is celebrated with great devotion. Being a major festival of most states, Ganesh Chaturthi has a special status in Bollywood. From the Amitabh Bachchan-starrer ‘Agneepath’ (1990) to the dance movie ‘ABCD’ (2013), all reflect the prominence of this festival and the distinctive way in which it is celebrated. Since Lord Ganesha symbolises new beginnings, it is often seen that movies take a positive turn after a sequence featuring the Ganesha song.

To celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi 2020, looks at some of the top Lord Ganesha related songs from Bollywood to help set the perfect mood for the festival.

Aala re Aala Ganesha – ‘Daddy’ (2017)
The political crime drama ‘Daddy’ portrays the true story of gangster-turned-politician Arun Gawli, who along with his friends form a gang after the shutdown of Mumbai’s textile mills in the 1970s. The song Aala re Aala Ganesha from the movie gives a look at the grand Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations in Mumbai.

Bappa – ‘Banjo’ (2016)
The song from the movie ‘Banjo’ is picturised on Riteish Deshmukh. The most creative part of the song is Lord Ganesha painted on the palms of the actor. The fusion rock song is composed by Vishal-Shekhar and the beautiful lyrics is written by Amitabh Bhattacharya. The film ‘Banjo’ is the directorial debut of the Marathi film-maker Ravi Jadhav.

Gajanana – ‘Bajirao Mastani’ (2015)
The devotional song is sung by Sukhwinder Singh is from the movie ‘Bajirao Mastani’ that features Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Priyanka Chopra in lead roles. The song was launched at the Shree Chhatrapati Shivaji sports complex in Pune with a giant human formation of a mosaic image of Lord Ganesha.

Ga Ga Ga Ganpati – ‘ABCD’ (2013)
The song Sadda Dil Vi Tu (Ga Ga Ga Ganpati) from the dance drama film ‘ABCD’ is composed by Sachin-Jigar and is sung by Hard Kaur. The beautiful track with a western twist and a fantastic choreography is a treat to the eyes and ears. The film is a directorial debut of ace choreographer Remo D’souza.

Deva Shree Ganesha – ‘Agneepath’ (2012)
Remake of the original ‘Agneepath’ (1990), Hrithik Roshan did a marvellous job in both the film and the Ganesha devotional song. Sung by Ajay Gogavale from the musical duo of Ajay–Atul, the lyrics were penned by Amitabh Bhattacharya who went on to win multiple awards for his work in this film.

Jalwa – ‘Wanted’ (2009)
The action film ‘Wanted’ is directed by Prabhudheva and features Salman Khan in lead roles. The film was the highest-grossing Bollywood film in 2009. The devotional-cum-foot-tapping number Tera He Jalwa.. was among the most successful tracks and had Anil Kapoor, Govinda and Prabhudheva in a special appearance.

Mourya Re – ‘Don’ (2006)
This song from the film ‘Don’ is more of a visarjan (where devotees immerse Lord Ganesha idols in the water) song. Picturised on Shah Rukh Khan, the song Mourya Re is a lively single that sets the festive mood. This expressive track is sung by Shankar Mahadevan.

Shree Ganeshaya Dhimahee – ‘Viruddh’ (2005)
Shree Ganeshay Dheemahi is one of the most poignant songs dedicated to Lord Ganesha. Shankar Mahadevan’s rendition of this song is one of those devotional songs that inspires and elevates. Meaningful, tranquil and endearing – it is the perfect song for this auspicious occasion.

Sindoor Lal Chadayo – ‘Vaastav’ (1999)
Sindoor Lal Chadayo from the 1999 movie ‘Vaastav’ is a ‘must play’ on Ganesh Chaturthi. The festival seems to be incomplete without listening to it. The song from Sanjay Dut starrer film fills spiritual vibes and captures the spirit of the festival in a true way. The music of the song is composed by Jatin-Lalit and is sung by Ravindra Sathe.

Deva O Deva Ganpati Deva – ‘Humse Badhkar Kaun’ (1981)
This iconic song is arguably the most famous Ganesha dedicated song, achieving its own cult status as the unofficial theme song of Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations. Sung by the legendary Mohammad Rafi, Asha Bhosle and Shailendra Singh, the song was written by Ravindra Rawal and truly captures the essence of the devotees who pray, sing and dance each year to greet Lord Ganesha with fervour.

– Written by Kirat Raj Singh

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