The Navaratri season has arrived, and we are decked up in new clothes and have procured ‘dandiya’ sticks for the joyous occasion. With bright lights, sweets and the company of family and friends, what more do we need to make Navaratri the much-awaited fun festival? Bollywood has explored the Gujarati culture in many ways, and that includes the ‘garba’. Right from the classic “Dholi Taro” to the latest “Dholida”, we have received some amazing ‘dandiya’ songs with the perfect beat and melody for the perfect mood. Let’s have a look –
“Dholida” From Loveyatri (2018)
The current Navaratri favorite, the song features a colourful garba background, a brand-new Aayush Sharma-Warina Hussain pairing and lots of dance. The foot-tapping beat is a great introduction to the festive occasion, and the use of Gujarati words and folk elements give an authentic touch to the song – a good success!
“Chogada” From Loveyatri (2018)
Though not conventionally a dandiya song, the loud beats, and the music are reminiscent of the much-loved Navaratri festival. Just like the previous, the song uses a fair amount of Gujarati vocabulary and musical elements makes us spread the energy and fun all around us.
“Kamariya” From Mitron (2018)
Sung by Darshan Raval and Hardik Pandya with a rap section by Ikka, this fun, and fresh song is suggestive and saucy – yet fitting in with the festive mood. If you’re looking for something out-of-the-box, look towards “Kamariya”.
“Udi Udi Jaaye” From Raees (2017)
Nothing can go wrong when you have Shah Rukh Khan and Mahira Khan in the video. A colourful background, a gorgeous Mahira Khan in a red-hot lehenga-choli and the mere presence of SRK makes this festive dance song a super hit.
“Shubhaarambh” From Kai Po Che (2013)
Though a softer song, it does resonate the positive energy that is so typical of Navaratri. It is a happy song, and the lyrics speak of the same optimism and zest of life for true happiness.
“Nagada Sang” From Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ramleela (2013)
Where there’s Sanjay Leela Bhansali, there’s bound to be grandeur. Set the floor on fire just like Deepika Padukone with your dynamic garba steps and feel yourself gasping for breath at the dramatic ending of the song.
“Dola Dola” From Bride And Prejudice (2004)
Though not a very well-known movie and song, this slow dandiya song was a highlight of the otherwise Bollywood movie adaptation of Jane Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’.
“O Re Gori” From Aap Mujhe Achche Lagne Lage (2002)
In the voice of Udit Narayan, this slow garba song features Hrithik Roshan and Ameesha Patel. Thankfully, the beats catch up in the second part of the song and make dandiya a lot more fun.
“Radha Kaise Na Jale” From Lagaan (2001)
The romantic tale of Lord Krishna and Radha in a sweet and simple garba song, set with a soft background score. Aamir Khan’s dance steps and Gracy Singh’s poignant expressions and her garba steps are the show-stealers of the song.
“Dholi Taro” From Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999)
The most well-known dandiya song of the last two decades, the bright colors and lights still dazzle us as we dance to this song. Bring those days back, please!
So, there you have a complete Navaratri playlist for your dandiya dance tonight. Dress up and take your dandiya sticks with you and… majaa karo!