Happy Holi 2021: Amitabh Bachchan Speaks On The Evolution Of Rang Barse And Holi Khele Raghuveera Awadh Mein - EXCLUSIVE

Amitabh Bachchan speaks exclusively about his favourite festival, Holi, and the iconic songs 'Rang Barse' and 'Holi Khele Raghuveera', hummed by him. Read on.

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Happy Holi 2021: Amitabh Bachchan Speaks On The Evolution Of Rang Barse And Holi Khele Raghuveera Awadh Mein - EXCLUSIVE
The mighty Amitabh Bachchan has not only featured in some spectacular Holi songs in films; he also sang one of the most enduring Holi songs, and one of the last really remarkable Holi songs. ‘Rang Barse’ in ‘Silsila’ was a number that Big B had picked up from his father.

Said Big B, "That's a legacy of my father. I learnt of this song through him. I used to sing ‘Rang Barse’ and ‘Mere Angnein Mein’ at all the Holi get-togethers at our house. That's where Yashji (director Yash Chopra) and Prakashji (Prakash Mehra) heard these songs, got them into ‘Silsila’ and ‘Lawaaris’ and asked me to sing them. So I am in no way instrumental in getting these songs into the movies."

 Is it any wonder then that Yash Chopra insisted that Big B sing the song in ‘Silsila’ himself? Some years later, Big B again sang another enduring Holi song, ‘Holi Khele Raghuveera Awadh Mein’ in the film, ‘Baghban’. It is a folk song from Uttar Pradesh that composer Aadesh Shrivastava had heard both Big B and his father Harivanshrai Bachchan sing on Holi occasions.

The late composer Aadesh Shrivastava had shared with me, "I had heard Amitji and his father sing this traditional Holi song. So, when a Holi number was called for in ‘Baghban’, I immediately suggested we do a new version of ‘Holi Khele Raghuveera’ and I insisted that Amitji sing it."

Aadesh, God rest his soul, felt that the traditional Holi number has lost its relevance and resonance in present times. "I heard a very odd Holi song in a film a few years ago with some strange lyrics in English. I feel today's generation lacks a connectivity with our culture and roots. They don't know what Holi signifies. This inability to understand what our culture is all about is reflected in our cinema. Holi songs are as irrelevant today as Holi itself. If you see, the number of Holi celebrations in the film industry has gone down dramatically. Where are all the grand Holi celebrations in those film empires hosted by the Movie Moghuls? The whole concept of Holi has been subverted. When we decided to do a Holi song in ‘Baghban’, we wanted to make it acceptable to younger audiences. So, I changed the traditional number to a 'rave' composition. It worked, but I don't see myself composing another Holi number in the near future."

Before Aadesh could compose another Holi song he was snatched away.

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Holi 2021: Priyanka Chopra Jonas Plays With A Funky Water Gun As She Celebrates The Festival Of Colours With Nick Jonas And His Parents - PICS

Priyanka Chopra Jonas celebrated Holi 2021 on Sunday. The actress took to her Instagram to share pictures from the celebrations with her husband Nick Jonas and his parents. The Jonas family posed for candid photos

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Holi 2021: Priyanka Chopra Jonas Plays With A Funky Water Gun As She Celebrates The Festival Of Colours With Nick Jonas And His Parents - PICS
Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas made the most of her Sunday holiday. The actress managed to spend some good time with her in-laws and husband Nick Jonas. She enjoyed an almost “#culturalmashup” celebrating Palm Sunday and Holi 2021 with Nick and his parents. As the country celebrates the festival of colours on Monday, the actress took to her Instagram to share pictures from the celebrations with her husband Nick Jonas and his parents. The Jonas family posed for candid photos in the post made by PeeCee.

On Instagram, Priyanka shared the picture and wrote, “Holi, the festival of colours is one of my favourites Hope we can all celebrate it with our loved ones, but in our HOMES! #HappyHoli everyone” Sharing the pictures, PeeCee expressed how Holi, the festival of colours is one of her favourites. The actress then hoped that everyone can celebrate it with loved ones but at their respective homes. She then went on and wished all her fans and followers a “Happy Holi”. Speaking of the picture shared by the White Tiger actress, it features her posing for a family photo with Nick Jonas, his dad and mom Denise Miller Jonas. The family is soaked in different colours. And, from the looks of it, the Jonas family enjoyed a classy Holi celebration in their backyard.

Take a look at the post below:


Meanwhile, on Sunday, The Sky Is Pink actress took to her Instagram stories and shared a picture. She gave fans a glimpse of the fun time she is having. Priyanka revealed she was celebrating Palm Sunday, the Sunday before the Holy Week and Easter, playing Ludo with the Jonas family. Nick also shared a heartfelt post. He dropped a selfie with his ‘love’ Priyanka. They looked mad in love. Also Read: Holi 2021: Kangana Ranaut, Sara Ali Khan, Janhvi Kapoor And Others; Seek Style Inspiration From Bollywood Actresses For The Festival Of Colours






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