Special feature: Five Songs that celebrate the essence of Vaisakhi

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Vaisakhi, a festival that rings in the New Year, is observed with great joy and enthusiasm in mid-April every year. It is celebrated in various states across the country with different regional variations.

Although, the term ‘Vaisakhi’ is mostly used to signify Punjabi and Sikh New Year, the occasion is often paralleled with New Year festivals like Poila Boishakh, Rongila Bihu, Vishu, Ugandi among others. The spirit of the festival and mood of celebrations stay similar throughout the nation and like every other Indian festival, the celebrations remain incomplete without the inclusion of Bollywood songs.

On the day of the joyous occasion, BizAsiaLive.com takes a look at five songs that can be a part of your Vaisakhi playlist.

Dharti Kahe Pukar Ke from ‘Do Bigha Zamin’ (1953)
This golden yesteryear song composed by Salil Chowdhury with legendary singers Manna Dey and Lata Mangeshkar on vocals is bound to transport one to a perfectly rural landscape. The lyrics penned by Shailendra, urges the listeners to sow seeds of love on the country land and to leave behind a story marking their own life. The sequence depicted in the song portrays the quintessence of a farmer’s life and highlights their efforts behind crop yielding and harvesting. It is a must listen, especially on the day of Vaisakhi, to celebrate the contribution of farmers in our lives.

Mere Desh Ki Dharti from ‘Upkar’ (1967)
A classic patriotic tune composed by Kalyanji Anandji and sung by Mahendra Kapoor, this song perfectly unleashes the essence of Vaisakhi. The song picturised on Manoj Kumar celebrates the enriched land of India. Set on a rural backdrop, it portrays the spirit of harvest and showcases the various roles played by our farmers. As the song directly addresses one major theme behind the festival, it undoubtedly becomes a great addition to the playlist for the occasion.

O Jatta Aai Baisakhi from ‘Imman Dharam’ (1977)
This song allows one to rejoice the glorious festival while grooving to the beats of a track that speaks of a Vaisakhi celebration commemorating the brave soldiers of our country. Performed by two exemplary singers, Mohammed Rafi and Mukesh, the song is written by Anand Bakshi and composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal. It is filmed on a group of handicapped ex-army men who celebrates the spirit of Vaisakhi by singing praises of the duties undertaken by an army.

Aisa Des Hai Mera from ‘Veer-Zaara’ (2004)
This magical number compiled by Madan Mohan and recreated by Sanjeev Kohli is another perfect inclusion to the Vaisakhi playlist. Udit Narayan, Laga Mangeshkar, Gurdas Mann and Pritha Majumder teamed up to lend their voices to this melodious composition. As Veer (Shah Rukh Khan) and Zaara (Preity Zinta) travels through Punjab, the audience embarks on a beautiful journey of the countryside. The song glorifies the very simple wonders of the country that lies in its large wheat fields, extensive green lands and the vast blue sky. It completely sets the mood of celebration as Khan and Zinta’s characters are shown to having fun in the Vaisakhi fair scene.

Shubhaarambh from ‘Kai Po Che!’ (2013)
Though this beautiful piece is essentially a garba song, it can be included in Vaisakhi playlist due to its mood and meaning. The song created by Amit Trivedi and sung by Divya Kumar and Shruti Pathak talks of a new and prosperous beginning which rightly uplifts the true spirit of the festival. This song holds the power to spread immense joy, merry vibes and good cheer as people from different parts of the country prepare to welcome a new year.

Wherever you are from and however you are celebrating the festival, BizAsiaLive.com wishes all readers a very Happy Vaisakhi!

– Varsha Roy

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