5 Bollywood Songs That Celebrate The Spirit Of Makar Sankranti
Makar Sankranti is here and the sky is going to be filled with kites. The festival is mainly celebrated in west India while the North celebrates Lohri and the south Pongal. This festival marks the end of the winter solstice and the start of longer days. It is one of the few ancient Indian festivals that has been observed according to solar cycles.
Makar Sankranti almost always falls on the same date every year (January 14). It is associated with colorful decorations, singing, asking for treats, melas (fairs), dances, kite flying, bonfires, and feasts.
Talking about the significance of the festival, Makar Sankranti is regarded as important for spiritual practices and people take a holy dip in rivers, especially Ganga, Yamuna, Godavari, Krishna, and Kaveri. The bathing is believed to result in merit or absolution of past sins. They also pray to the sun and thank for their successes and prosperity. A shared cultural practice found amongst Hindus all over the country is making til gul ladoos - sticky, bound sweets from sesame (til) and a sweet base such as jaggery. The sweet is a symbolism for being together in peace and joyfulness, despite the uniqueness and differences between individuals.
Bollywood loves incorporating different festivals and celebration in its movies by means of an important turning point in the story or songs.
On the special occasion of Makar Sankranti, we at The Brunette Diaries bring you all 5 Bollywood songs that celebrate the spirit of the festival:
Ruth Aa Gayee Re – Earth 1947 1998
The film is set during the time of India’s partition. The song features Aamir Khan teaching Nandita Das to fly a kite. The subtle romance building between is sweet and innocent.
Kaipoche - Dil De Chuke Sanam 1999
This song featured Salman Khan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan with the entire family in Gujarat. It shows the love and enthusiasm of flying kites during Makar Sankranti.
Ambarsariya - Fukrey 2013
This romantic song will make you fall in love with the music and lyrics. Don’t believe us? Give it a watch here.
Manjha - Kai Po Che 2013
The song beautifully speaks about the friendship between Sushant Singh Rajput, Rajkummar Rao, and Amit Sadh. Though the song doesn’t actually show the kites its lyrics capture the essence of the festival.
Udi Udi Jaye – Raees 2017
If you are in Gujarat, it doesn’t matter if you’re a Hindu or Muslim – all celebrate it with equal happiness. The song captures the love life of Raees (Shah Rukh Khan) and Aasiya (Mahira Khan)
Happy Makar Sankranti to all <3