On the festive spirit of Holi (it’s also my first Holi in 10+ years), let me share some of my favorite Holi songs that make this festival of colors so special and unique. Holi, usually held in March, the beginning of the Indian summer, is the perfect festival to drench your friends and yourself with colors and water. Dancing to some favorite and classic Bollywood tunes makes Holi complete.
Here are some the classic songs that should be on everyone’s playlist:
1) Rang Barse (from Silsila)
Amitabh sang this infamous tune that still is probably the most popular holi song. It makes you get into the Holi spirit instantly.
2) Holi Ki Din (Sholay)
Hema Malini, Damendara, and even Amitabh dancing and having a blast right before Gabbar attacks their village, who can forget this movie sequence? I probably think this is the song that made Holi songs a grand part of Indian movies.
3) Ang Se Ang Laga Na (Darr)
Have you ever seen Sunny Deol (known for his two left feet) dance? If no, this is the perfect song for it. Yash Chopra did it again (first with Rang Barse) in making an evergreen Holi song. Who can also forget Shahrukh disguised as the angry dhol wala (drummer) in this song?
4) Holi Khele Raghuveera (Baghban)
I think Amitabh Bachchan is the face of Holi in Bollywood. Almost 20 year after he drove the nation crazy with Rang Barse, he danced to Holi Khele Raghuveera with the dreamgirl herself, Hema Malini.
I am looking forward to dancing to these classics for Holi. What are you favorite Holi songs?
Interesting tidbit: the popularity of Holi can be witnessed in the 5K Color Runs being organized in numerous cities across the U.S., where runners are doused in different colors.