Kid-Friendly Diwali Songs from Bollywood

By Anandini Sekhar

Entertainment Contributor

Entertainment Contributor

It’s the most festive, exciting time of year according to me. It all starts with Navarathri which means a whirl of garbas and Durga Puja and visits to see people’s Golu (South Indian custom). This is quickly followed by what feels like an endless stream of Diwali functions – community showcases, dinner dances and so on. And a guaranteed feature at these events is a whole bunch of kids dances!

Year after year I attend these functions and alternately find myself enraptured by or horrified by some of these displays. Sometimes the kids are amazingly coordinated or immaculately dressed, other times I find myself seriously questioning the parents that sanction sparkly booty shorts as appropriate costumes for children.

This is actually the first time I’m finding myself involved in these types of items. As a child I was always separated from these community items by virtue of being a Bharata Natyam dancer – so our items were set apart and usually themed on either Ram’s return to Ayodhya, Krishna defeating Narakasura or generally about Mahalakshmi or Devi.

Now as the parent of an almost six year old boy, I’m experiencing my first community Diwali dance – and it is beyond adorable. But it also led me to think about what songs I’m seeing performed at local events.

Now if you are organizing a show you are likely to see the same songs popping up over and over — One Two Three Four Get On The Dance Floor from Chennai Express, Radha from Student of the Year and either Badtameez Dil or Dilliwali Girlfriend from Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. These seem to be the hot picks for Diwali 2013.

 

Photo Courtesy Anandini Sekhar

Photo Courtesy Anandini Sekhar

But supposing you wanted a more unique choice – something more age appropriate than lyrics about “booty shaking” and Radha’s “sexy body”. What songs exist out there in the Bolly Universe that could suit the occasion and the age of the performers? I had a great deal of fun pondering this question and thought I would share my short list – and I’m sure there are a great many more out there so we’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

 

So here are my picks for Kid-Friendly Diwali Performance Songs from Bollywood Films:

For the younger set (songs that are a bit easier-paced for more lyrical moves than complicated steps but still fun and cute):

Happy Diwali from Home Delivery

Dil To Bachha Hai Ji from Ishqiya

Mile Hai Chiragon Ke from Nazrana

Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Ghum (title song)

 

For elementary to pre-teen aged kids (more upbeat and/or would require more complex choreography):

Deep Diwali Ke from Jugnu

Aayi Hai Diwali from Aamdani Atthani Karcha Rupaiyya

Maiyya Yashoda from Jhoota Hi Sahi

Mukunda Mukunda from Dashavataram

Raghupati Raghav from Krrish 3

 

For diya/candle dances (better for older children, probably 8+ to handle diyas):

Jyoti Kalash Chalke from Bhabi Ke Chudiyan

Silsila Yeh Chahat Ka from Devdas

O Re Piya from Aaja Nachle

No matter what song is chosen though, any efforts parents make to get the children involved in the spirit of celebrating our traditional holidays is a plus in my book. And as a little extra incentive, I definitely recommend getting a hold of some sparklers to light on Diwali night! My own childhood memories of Diwali definitely include the excitement (and slight fear) of sparklers.

I wish you all and your families a very fun-filled holiday season, whether you are celebrating Bakr Eid or Diwali or any other tradition!

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More About Anandini Sekhar

Anandini is a classical Bharata Natyam dancer and teacher, a singer in a New England based Bollywood band called Din Check, a marketing professional, a Bollywood blogger and a mom of two. You can visit her blog at www.bollystalgia.blogspot.com or follow her on twitter under the name ‘amaluu’.

 

 


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  1. Tamara Furbert

    Can you recommend any child-friendly Diwali songs that are English speaking? I am a teacher at a Montessori school in Bermuda and am arranging a holiday concert this year. Each class studies a different religion and learns a song to sing at our annual holiday concert. If you could recommend any songs that our children could learn, I would be very appreciative. Our children are around age 5. Thank you.

  2. Neha

    My daughter is a 9th grader, learning classical singing. Can you recommend appropriate bollywood/fusion song to be sung in high school in USA? Any recommended websites for research.


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