Karva Chauth Special: Five songs that capture the essence of love

Ketna Mistry



Karva Chauth, the festival that depicts the love between husband and wife, is a North Indian celebration and observed by women in most parts of the world. The tradition whereby the wife would hold a fast for the good health and long life for her husband, is broken after the sighting of the moon. Nowadays the husband also fast with their wife and share the deep bond of love together. This joyous occasion is certainly celebrated with great pomp in Bollywood films and manages to either put you in the romantic bubble of your dream Prince charming (if single) or if coupled, makes you reminisce about that special day with your beloved. Of course, the picturisation and the songs for Karva Chauth in films are something else. So to get you in the mood for this special day, BizAsiaLive.com have picked a few of the most romantic songs over the decades that have captured the essence of love.

‘Anpadh’ (1962)
Aap Ki Nazron Ne Samja, sung by Lata Mangeshkar
Music composed by Madan Mohan
A melodious classic composed by Mohan has been eternalised on Mala Sinha and Dharmendra Deol. Sinha’s character Lajwanti is illiterate (anpadh) however is married off to Deepak (Deol) who is well educated and has a love for poetry. The picturisation of this song sees Lajwanti expressing her love for Deepak.

‘Khandan’ (1965)
Tumhi Mere Mandir Ho, Tumhi Devata Ho, sung by Lata Mangeshkar
Music composed by Ravi Shankar Sharma
A beautiful song composed by Sharma and picturised on Nutan who plays the character of Radha who is married to Govind essayed by Sunil Dutt. Their bond is a special one, as Govind is paralysed in the film and feels he’s not deserving of Radha. They overcome many hurdles together and Radha assures him that he means the world to her.

‘Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke’ (1993)
Ghunghat Ki Aad Se, sung by Alka Yagnik and Kumar Sanu
Music composed by Nadeem–Shravan, Shyam-Surender, Nadeem Saifee
The magic created in this particular track by the fabulous 90’s duo Nadeem-Shravan, who have teamed up with Shyam-Surender and Nadeem Saifee, gives all the nostalgic vibes. The film stars Aamir Khan as Rahul, who is a businessman and is left to raise his late sister’s children, meets Vyjayanti played by Juhi Chawla; who runs away from home after her father tried to arrange her marriage to someone she didn’t love. After a series of events Vyjayanti and Rahul realise that they love each other.

‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’ (1993)
Tujhe Dekha Toh Ye Jaana Sanam, sung by Kumar Sanu and Lata Mangeshkar
Music composed by Anand Bakshi
Our favourite super hit jodi Raj and Simran essayed by the one and only Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol, gave love a whole new meaning and encapsulated everything associated with finding the one. Raj and Simran both met whilst holidaying in Europe and fall for each other. The story has all the trials and tribulations of a young love story. ‘Tuje Dekha Toh Ye Jaana Sanam’ has become evergreen in its own right, though this can be said for the whole soundtrack too, which is still running strong after 23 years. There is a track for every occasion and emotion felt within a relationship.

‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’ (1999)
Chand Chuppa Badal Mein, sung by Alka Yagnik and Udit Narayan
Music composed by Ismail Darbar and Sanjay Leela Bhansali
It would be wrong not to include this iconic sweet number picturised on Aishwariya Rai Bachchan and Salman Khan. An innocent love story set in the heart of Gujarat and Rajasthan, India, was not meant for a happy ending when fate plays a cruel card and separates the two starstruck lover. Rai Bachchan who essays the character of Nandini and Khan as Sameer who fall in love, but destiny has other plans when Nandini is married off to Vanraj, played by Ajay Devgn.

However you are celebrating the auspicious festival, BizAsiaLive.com wishes all our readers a very happy Karva Chauth.