Ganesh Chaturthi is a Hindu religious festival that marks the birth of Lord Ganesha, the elephant-headed God. The 10-day-long festival, that starts on September 5 and ends on September 15, represents the typical Indian celebratory frenzy — colours, music, dance and traffic. It is celebrated with gusto across Maharashtra and parts of North and South India.
Be it Holi, Janmashthami, Diwali, Karva Chauth or New Year there’s always a Bollywood film song that fits the occasion. Here, we list five songs that capture the festive fervour of the Ganesh Chathurti.
Deva Shree Ganesha (Agneepath, 2012)
This song has been pictured on Hrithik Roshan and the melodious tune evokes reverence and awe. The song has been composed by Atul-Ajay and sung by Ajay Gogavale, with inspirational lyrics by Amitabh Bhattacharya.
Sadda Dil Vi Tu (ABCD: Any Body Can Dance, 2013)
Singer Hard Kaur has adding fusion to the devotional Ganpati aarti in the track. This energetic song from ABCD is especially dedicated to the elephant god and at the end of song the movie’s climax is also revealed.
Jalwa ( Wanted, 2009)
This is one of those quintessential tracks that will probably be played at all Ganesh pandals. Tera Hi Jalwa is not a devotional song but more of a foot-tapping dance number. Salman Khan can be seen belting out some of his signature moves in the video below.
Gajanana ( Bajirao Mastani, 2015)
Interestingly, the song has entered the Guinness World Records. The makers of the film had launched the song with a giant human formation of a mosaic image of Lord Ganesha.
Bappa (Banjo, yet to be released)
This Vishal Dadlani number is picturised on Riteish Deshmukh. While the film is yet to be released, Riteish’s look with Lord Ganesh’s eyes painted on the back of his hand is already making rounds of social media. This fusion-rock aarti number is perhaps one of the most satisfying devotional renditions that has been produced in recent times.