Ganesh Chaturthi and Bollywood: A legacy of expression and joy

Ganesh utsav is probably the longest festival Hindu’s celebrate. It’s a ten day long festival dedicated to Ganesha, the son of Lord Shiva. There is no origin story as to how it became a festival but it is believed that Shivaji Maharaj (The maratha Warrior) made it a public event after the Mughal-Maratha Wars. Then again in 1892, freedom fighter Lokmanya Tilak made a public appeal to bypass the British government ban on Hindu gatherings. This was the time when the festival became widely accepted throughout India and is celebrated till date with lots of devotion, joy, and of course... music.

There is no denying that we Indians love filmy songs, and filmmakers know that one way to reach our hearts is through bringing religion. There is a song for every festival in Hindi cinema and most of these songs have become sort of a ‘cult’.

Bollywood Songs made for Ganesh utsav are filled with lyrics praising the God of beginnings, with pleasing music & high energy. Here is a list of popular songs on Ganesha Chaturthi which have made a place in our culture over the years.

A prayer for Bappa

He Ganpati Bappa Moriya (Film : Pujarin 1969 )

This song is one of the first movie songs on Ganesha. It’s basically sung as an aarti (Prayer) and has a mild and calm feel to it. It’s sung by Mahendra Kapoor, written by Madan and  composed by Narayan Dutt.

The song of the mob

Murti Ganesh Ki (Film : Takkar 1980 )

It’s voiced by Kishore Kumar, written by Anand Bakshi and composed by R D Burman. This song has lots of truths and meaning to it which is relevant even in today’s scenario. It was a brave decision by the makers to mock the fraud leaders and serve a message to the audience through a festival song.

Celebration of the superior

DEVA HO DEVA GANPATI DEVA (Film: Hum Se Badkar Kaun)

Music by Raam Laxman, written by Ravinder Rawal and voiced by Mohammad Rafi, Asha Bhosle, Bhupinder Singh, Shailendra Singh & Sapan Chakravarti. It’s one of those ganpati songs which can be heard every year on Ganesh utsav near Pandals. This song is filled with joy of devotion and celebrates the fact that we have a superior power to help and guide us.

The “goodbye” song

Ganapati Apne Gaon Chale (Film : Agneepath 1990)

Written by Anand Bakshi, music by Laxmikant Pyarelal and voiced by Sudesh Bhonsle and Kavita Krishnamurthy. One of Amitabh Bachchan’s most popular movies had this song on Ganpati’s departure after the celebrations. This song was a huge hit back then and is still public’s favourite song during Ganesh Utsav.

The “Positive vibe” song

Sindoor Lal Chadayo (Film : Vaastav 1999)

Lyrics by Sameer, sung by Ravindra Sathe and Music by Jatin-Lalit. This song is actually a prayer in Marathi language which is brilliantly turned into a song that has energetic Drums and cymbal along with claps and bells in the background. You feel a wave of positive energy run through you every time this song is played.

A humble request

Mourya Re (Film : Don 2006)

Lyrics by Javed Akhtar, voiced by Shankar Mahadevan, Music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. This is also a kind of goodbye song for Ganpati’s departure but there is a joy and energy in the music that will make you move your feet on the beats.

All hail Lord Ganesha

Deva Shree Ganesha (Film : Agneepath 2012)

Music by Ajay - Atul, lyrics by Amitabh Bhattacharya and sung by Ajay Gogavale. The most played Ganesha song of recent times. The song gives you a spiritual feeling till the last note. The music of beating drums is the joy of celebration we feel during Ganesh utsav.

The “Groovy” Ganesha song

Sadda Dil Vi Tu (Ga Ga Ga Ganpati) (Film : ABCD 2013)

Lyrics by Mayur Puri, Sung by  Hard Kaur and Composed by Sachin Jigar. The use of techno music and youth’s language made this song the most unusual festival song. The voice of the mob, joy of dancing, and spirituality are all blended superbly to create something unique.

Tell us what’s your Favourite Ganpati song is.

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