Best Evergreen Indian Monsoon Songs
Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky
– Rabindranath Tagore
After the scorching summers, the arrival of Monsoon in India is akin to a mood changer for many people. For the Hindi film industry or Bollywood, the rainy season means the inclusion of a song and dance number in the movie to express a range of emotions; from an ode to arrival of the days of love to fun and from lust to heartbreak. Today, we will be looking back at some of the finest hindi songs that celebrate this season like no other.
Some honourable mentions:
Ek Ladki Bheegi Bhaagi Si (Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi, 1958), Bheegi Bheegi Raaton Mein (Ajnabee, 1974), Aaj Rapat Jaye (Namak Halal, 1982), Tip Tip Barsa Paani (Mohra, 1994), Baadal Yun Garajta Hai (Betaab, 1983), Barso Re Megha (Guru, 2007) Kabhi Jo Badal Barse (Jackpot, 2013)
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So here are the Best Evergreen Indian monsoon songs starting from this decade and going back to the pre-independence film era.
Tum Hi Ho
Let’s begin with this decade’s most played song on radio stations and online music sites. Tum Hi Ho (Aashiqui 2, 2013) was written by Mithoon and sung by Arijit Singh. This song has all the ingredients in the right place. It’s soulful and dripping with melody. With the rain in the backdrop with two young Bollywood stars, the song instantly captured this generation’s attention and became a love anthem.
This Mp3 song from India’s entry to the Oscars covers the magic and essence of India’s roots in the rural areas. The movie, Lagaan (2001) was set in the backdrop of Indian farmers against the colonial rulers from England. The rain song Ghanan Ghanan was written by Javed Akhtar and music composed by AR Rahman. It brings a ray of hope and captures the spirit of the farmers in an unimaginable way. The instruments like darling, strings, drums and vocals are like experiencing rain droplets falling on ears.
Koi Ladki Hai
The 90s saw Director Yash Chopra deliver another blockbuster romantic film after Chandni (1989) and this time it was with the King of Romance, Shahrukh Khan himself. The 1997 film Dil To Pagal Hai became a sensation and bagged many accolades. Its popular Mp3 song, Koi Ladka Hai had hint of minimal instruments and humour of nursery rhyme in it and the rainfall just becomes a metaphor of love, joy and affection. Written by Anand Bakshi and sung in the voice of Lata Mangeshkar and Udit Narayan, this song covers the joy and charm of the season.
Kate Nahin Kat Te
Bollywood’s first superhero movie Mr. India (1989) was a shot in the arm when hindi cinema was just going through motions, churning out low grade macho films. The song is a delicious mix of romance and adventure sung by Kishore Kumar and Alisha Chinai, and written by Javed Akhtar. The song is mainly remembered for Sridevi as she gave ‘one of the sexiest rain songs‘ to Bollywood. Filmfare even went on to describe Sridevi as ”truly a goddess in a blue sari”.
Rim Jhim Gire Sawan
In the decade of the 70s, when Amitabh Bachchan ruled the screens with his ‘’Angry Young Man’’ persona, a soundtrack from the movie Manzil, 1979, felt like a breath of fresh air. Picturised beautifully on Amitabh and Moushmi Chatterjee, this hindi classical song gives a great view of drenched Bombay city where they move through puddles of water and slush. The song was composed by legendary RD Burman and sung by Lata Mangeshkar.
Pyaar Hua Iqrar Hua
The image of Raj Kapoor in the film Shri 420 (1955), holding an umbrella with Nargis in the pouring has been etched in the minds and hearts of every cine fan. This classic melody holds a promise of eternal togetherness and has set a milestone in film making that is still looked upon as an institution by every generation’s filmmakers and widely played as music online even to this day. It was composed by Shankar-Jaikishan with the voices of Manna Dey and Lata Mangeshkar
The songs of Bollywood are often considered to be the descendants of Indian Classical Music. This can be evident from the song, Barso Re (Tansen, 1943) that was inspired by Classical Raga Megha Malhar. This raga is supposed to bring out rains in the areas where it is sung. Sung in a powerful and eternal voice of Khursheed Bano, this pre-independence indian film song invokes the rain and reminds us of our deep connection with them through music.
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