Diwali, the Indian festival of lights, and one of the happiest holidays in India, is celebrated across the world THIS WEEK! Regardless of how families choose to celebrate, a common theme is the celebration of the triumph of good over evil. To give you a bit more information on the religious context, a significant event that Diwali celebrates is the homecoming of the Hindu deity Lord Rama, and his wife Sita, after 14 years of exile and Lord Rama’s defeating of the evil demon king Ravana. Families will often line their home entry-ways with lighted candles, as a symbol of welcoming Lord Rama and his family back home. Hence, Diwali being known as the festival of lights! We only thought it made sense to share some of our favorite BollyX songs that can help light up this festive week!
1. Prem Leela
This song actually refers to a play known as the Ram Leela, which is a re-enactment of the story of Lord Rama saving his wife Sita and defeating Ravana. It is an especially popular play during this time of year in India and families will gather together to go watch the play as part of their Diwali celebrations! Not to mention, it’s also a lovely BollyX dance song with Folk-style based choreography, and would make for a good addition to your BollyX playlist this week to celebrate Diwali and its history with your class!
2. Nagada Sang Dhol
This folk song is also based on the story of Lord Rama and Goddess Sita, except focuses more on their love and respect for each other rather than their victory against evil. The female singer in this song dances to the drumbeat in order to pass the time as she waits for her beloved, just as Sita often did waiting for Rama to come home. Another reason this song is awesome? Well I’m sure every member of the BollyX family can relate to dancing in order to pass time. 😉
3. Jai Jai Jai Jai Ho
This song is not directly connected to the mythological background of Diwali, but I still love this as a pick for your Diwali playlist! That’s because this song is all about the importance of love, faith and peace in the one life we have to live. Jai Ho literally translates to, “Let there be victory!”. Similar to how Diwali celebrates the victory of good over evil, this song celebrates how a truly wealthy life comes about via peace and kindness!
4. Dholi Taro Dhol Baje
This is a fun folk song that is commonly played at festivals such as Diwali across India! The female and male in the song tease each other playfully, mimicking the relationship of another consort pair of Hindu Gods. Aside from the mythological context, this song is a great addition to a BollyX playlist as the folk-dance inspired moves and music make for a new challenge for your class!
5. Go Go Govinda
And lastly, I give you a BollyX oldie, but indeed a goodie. Govinda actually refers to another avatar of Lord Rama. This song doesn’t have too much mythical context besides that, but it does have relatable lyrics that say, “you’re dancing and shaking your hips!” You’ll also notice that the song speeds up towards the end, and you best bet that the choreography does too, which will guaranteed get you pumped up for the rest of the week ahead!