It is that time of the year, where every graba fanatic for the nine glorious days of this festival can understand Daya’s feelings. Gujarat, may be labelled for celebrating Navratri by following customs and tradition with great enthusiasm, but Punekars do know how celebrate this festival. Dancing to lyrical poems sung by famous artists in praise of Lord Krishna and devotional songs in praise of Mother Goddess describing her form, powers, and invoking her blessings. Well that being said, there is a song for every situation, occasion, mood, festival just about anything. Needless to say, Bollywood has definitely given its fair share of dandiya and garba songs.
There is something peculiar about the celebrated dandiya songs will you boogie, but you are likely to have an eargasm. Brace yourself! Here’s a list of the ultimate Bollywood feet tapping and hands clapping garba songs just to get you in the mood for the desi sunburn – Navratri.
Dholi Taro – Hum Dil Chuke Sanam
As soon as someone mentions Navratri, this is one song that immediately your brain starts singing. Of course, no efforts required for that. The second this track begins, you know it has everything a traditional garba has. Only difference is the language. By far, it is the best dandiya song there is even after all these years.
Radha Kaise Na Jale – Lagaan
This one is the good old traditional folklore with the modern day touch. After the movie released, for years and still is almost the cult song during this festive season. Just that one moment you when hear the song you know it will be absolutely soothing, and then sound of dandiya, dhol, flute and those beats. Talking about love, trust, and all that there is between Kishna and Radha. It is melodious and exceptional.
Shubhaarambh – Kai Po Che
The album had just three tracks and one has to be a garba track. Why not? The movie was based in Gujarat. This is that one song that gets you grooving from the very first note. Everything about this festivals flashes in a series from colourful attires, fancy lights to delightful faces of everyone dancing. With all essences of Gujjuness, basically this song has the feel good magic which also happens to equally inspiring if you listen carefully.
Nagada Sang Dhol – Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram Leela
It is impossible to list Bollywood’s dandiya songs without mentioning this one. This garba song is easily the most popular one in recent times. Navratri without this song may be a off. Only because, it is the jet set track that makes you want to get and start garba without missing a single beat. Another movie based in Gujarat and Gujarati, obviously there has to be a dandiya song. With the earthiness folk music beautifully blended, this one is the clapping garba song.
Lahu Munh Lag Gaya – Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram Leela
Okay! The lyrics may make you question the point here, but it is the fabulous music, those beats. Well, it is impossible to even get over the fact that everything about this song is just perfect. Let’s just leave it at that.
Honourable mention without which the list is incomplete!
Yaad Piya ki Anne Lagi
It will be criminal not to mention the legendary dandiya pop song by the garba queen, Falguni Pathak. Remember those bunny shoes? Riya Sen? Well, if you are a 90’s kid you will have no problem in remembering everything about this song. Forget about the classic garba steps, back in the day, this track had everyone from teenagers to adolescents doing just that one step. Go ahead watch that video; it is time for a dose of nostalgia!
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