Let’s Celebrate Diwali!

Firstly let me wish you all ‘A Very Happy Diwali & Prosperous New Year’.

Diwali Or Deepawali derives its name from sanskrit words, ‘Deep’ meaning Lights and ‘Aawali’ meaning a row. So the name means a festival havings ‘Rows of Lights’.
Diwali is an important festival of India, and is celebrated with enthusiasm and togetherness. All the rituals of Diwali have a story to tell. Homes are illuminated with lights and firecrackers make the sky more picturesque than ever! Everyone prays for health, wealth, peace and prosperity. The stories of Diwali underline the victory of good over evil. The lights of the lamps bring us closer to divinity. The dawn of Diwali begins with the sounds of firecrackers and the glamorous festive makes its appearance. The festival is enjoyed by people of every religion, and creats a feeling of togetherness with its magical touch. The festival finds a place in everyone’s heart
and soul.

No wonder, Indian Cinema is not an exception!
Diwali is shown as a huge festival with a lot of decoration and sweetmeats in Hindi Flims and also songs of joy and happiness make their appearance on screen.
Diwali also had a pivotal role in the structure and flow of many hindi films. The films portray Diwali as an important side track or at times turning point in the story.
Diwali comes as big festival of the old hindi films.
Today let me share few of such ‘Diwali Celebration’ songs with you all, to greet the occasion!
I have selected only cheerful songs for this post, as a few gloomy songs also have Diwali as background. I’ve not included those songs.

§§ Diwali Phir Aa Gayi Sajni- Khajanchi (1941) Shamshad Begum & Chorus / Ghulam Haider-Walisaheb §§ 
A little slow paced song to begin with, from the movie, depicting the victory of light over the darkness. A celebration of diwali with friends and relatives. This film started a revolutionary change in the style of hindi film music. This was the first time that the tunes didn’t carry heavy classical influence and typical punjabi rhythms made their appearance.

§§ Aayi Diwali Deep Jala Ja- Pagadi (1948) Shamshad Begum, Sitara Kanpur and Chorus / Ghulam Mohd.- Shakil Badayuni §§ 
A typical 40s song, that I came across while searching songs for this post. Kamini Kaushal and Shashikala are seen decorating home with lamps, and enjoying with the family. The song creates Diwali atmosphere so typical of old days.

§§ Aayi Hai Diwali Sakhi Aayi- Sheesh Mahal (1950) Geeta Dutt, Shamshad Begum & Chorus / Vasant Desai-Nazim Panipati §§
A celebration of Diwali in full form. Fast paced song describing the glory of lamps and youthful atmosphere in Diwali. This films has Diwali as an important event in the story. Enjoy this beautiful song.

§§ Deep Jale Ghar Ghar- Ghar Ghar Mein Diwali (1955) Lata Mangeshkar & Shaminder / Roshan-Prem Dhawan §§
A melodious song by Lata, a usual Diwali song portraying the enlightened lamps of Diwali as stars from the sky.

§§ Deep Jalenge Deep- Paisa (1957) Geeta Dutt/ Ram Ganguli-Lalchand Bismil §§
Geeta Dutt’s voice turning so soft and sweet, makes this wonderful song worth listening again and again.

§§ Mele Hai Chiragon Ke- Nazrana (1961) Lata Mangeshkar / Ravi-Rajendra Krishna §§
The whole family enjoying Diwali with fire crackers and lamps. The story deals with a usual Love triangle between Raj Kapoor, Vaijayanti Mala And Usha Kiran.
Vasanti (V Mala) sacrifices her love for her sister Geeta (Usha Kiran), who marries Raj Kapoor (Raju). A typical south Indian melodrama, remake of a Tamil film.

§§ Deepak Se Deepak Jal Gaye- Anjali (1957) Asha Bhosle & Chorus / Jaidev-Nyay Sharma §§

A song from Anjali, based on life of Budhha. I don’t know exactly, whether it’s a Diwali song or just a celebration. But does appear to fit today’s occasion.

§§ Jagmag Jagmag Deep Jale- Jeevan Tara (1951) Asha BHosle & Chorus / Vasant Desai-prem Dhawan §§

Again a Diwali celebration song by Asha Bhosle. The audio quality is poor, but nevertheless, we can enjoy the song. Asha’s voice appears a bit unpolished and tender. Enjoy the song.

Which favorite Diwali song would you add?

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13 Replies to “Let’s Celebrate Diwali!”

  1. Happy Diwali, Anup! Nice lot of songs here – there were only a couple I’d heard before. I can’t add any, since the only others I know are the ‘sad Diwali’ ones. 🙂


  2. Indeed a Dipavali feast, particularly for people who have lost the glamour of fire-crackers & to some extent of sweets as well.
    Makes the festival a lot more doubtful.
    Nice & apt collection.


  3. Anup,
    Diwali kept me from visiting this post in time. 🙂
    You have selected some outstanding songs. Joy and sorrow go together. You have selected a joyous song from Nazrana. This film also had a poignant Ek wo bhi Diwali thi ek ye bhi Diwali hai. Some more, such as Ayi Diwali ayi Diwali (Ratan) and Ghar ghar mein Diwali hai mere ghar mein andhera (Kismet).


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