Makar Sankranti 2018 Special: Top Bollywood songs celebrating the festival

By: | Published: January 12, 2018 5:48 PM

Makar Sankranti is most popular in west India and is celebrated on January 14. The festival is known by different names in different parts of the country

Makar SankrantiDevotee perform Makar Sankranti Puja in Varanasi (IE photo by Anand Singh)

Makar Sankranti is a festival celebrated in India which refers to a specific solar day in the Hindu calendar and to a Hindu festival in reference to the Sun God. It marks the first day of sun’s transit into the Makara (Capricorn), marking the end of the month with the winter solstice and the start of longer days. Makar Sankranti is most popular in west India and is celebrated on January 14. The festival is known by different names in different parts of the country. In Punjab, it is celebrated as Lohri, in Gujarat as Utarayan, in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu as Pongal and in Uttar Pradesh as Magh. There are different ways in the way people celebrate this festival. In Gujarat and West India there people indulge in Kite flying and in Uttar Pradesh people take a dip in river Ganges, considered as holy in the Hindu tradition. During the festival, people enjoy fairs, organised on the banks of river Ganges. The sheer joy and enthusiasm of people are represented in Bollywood movies by various melodious songs. Let us take a look how Bollywood has depicted this joyful festival in different songs.

Udi Udi Jaye (Raees)

The recent Shah Rukh Khan and Mahira Khan starrer Raees very well captures the celebration of this festival via their song Udi Udi Jaye from the movie. In the movie, SRK teaches kite-flying to Mahira and romance blooms between them.

Manjha from Kai Po Che

The term Kai Po Che is a Gujarati phrase, which denotes victory during a kite-flying session. This song signifies hope in the movie. The hope to pursue one’s dream and achieve success. In the movie, the song was picturised on Sushant Singh Rajput, the hero of the film.

Ruth Aa Gayee Re from Earth

The movie was based on a love story during the time of partition of India in 1947. In this song, Aamir Khan teaches Nandita Das how to fly a kite. It shows romance developing between the two which captures the essence of the Sankranti festival.

Dheel De from Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam

This song from Salman Khan- Aishwarya Rai film Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam depicts how the festival is celebrated in a traditional Gujarati family. The song highlights the preparations ahead of a kite-flying competition. This song has everything from fun, family and romance, which are the perfect elements to enjoy a festival.

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