What's a festival in India without a relevant song supporting and accentuating the fervour? And when it's Ganesh Chaturthi celebration in question, the filmy songs take the forefront at every ceremony. There have been songs conceptualised to honour Lord Ganesha over the years, but a few stand out for their grandeur. Here's a list of top five.
GANPATI BAPPA AGLEY BARAS TUM JALDI AANA (Aansoon Bane Angaaray): This is a rare Ganpati song by Lata Mangeshkar. Though she has sung innumerable bhajans in films I don’t think she has done too many Ganpati numbers for cinema. This one composed by Rajesh Roshan for Mehul Kumar’s Aansoon Bane Angaaray is beat-friendly and yet rendered gorgeously melodious as only Lata ji can do with devotional lines.
GANPATI APNE GAON CHALE (Agneepath): The Bachchan baritone contributes to this booming Laxmikant-Pyarelal chorus-driven number. He invested heavily into Sudesh Bhosle, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Anupama Deshpande number. Truly epic Ganpati number.
DEVA SHREE GANESHA (Agneepath): Though this Agneepath was a very poor remake of the Bachchan original, the Ganpati song in this one compared well with the original. To music composer Atul-Ajay’s credit they did not copy the original. Instead they tailored the Bappa song to Hrithik Roshan’s sinewy body language.
DEVA OH DEVA (Humse Badkar Kaun): Lata ji’s sister Asha Bhosle lends her voice to this vocally-vibrant but compositionally weak Ram Laxman tune. The song is star studded with singers Mohammed Rafi, Bhupinder, Shailendra Singh and Sapan Chakraborty joining Asha Bhosle in a structurally shaky but nonetheless powerful Ganpati number.
GAJANANA (Bajirao Mastani): Composed by filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali and sung by Sukhwinder Singh, this Ganpati number is powered by Ranveer Singh’s electrifying screen presence. No one can drive a dance tune up the waltz like Ranveer. His feet were born to dance for Ganpati.
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