November 15th, 2015

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Magic In Tunes: 11/10/2015 - Happy Narakachathurdasi / Choti Diwali

The five-day festival of Diwali starts off with Dhanteras  / Dhanalakshmi Pooja (celebration of Goddess Lakshmi. More here). This is followed by Narakachathurdasi / Choti Diwali. On this day the asura (demon-king) Narakasura was killed by Lord Krishna, his wife Satyabhama and her avatar Goddess Kali. Pre-day for main Diwali, this day is also celebrated with equal pomp and show. Festivities go all day that includes pooja (offerings to god), food, visiting friends and relatives, lighting diyas (lamps) all around and of course the  start of fireworks. (More here)

One of the Diwali songs that comes to my mind is from the 1972 hit Telugu film Vichitra Bandham ( = Strange Relationship) titled Cheekati Velugula Rangeli. Obviously the theme is Diwali, but Lyricist Acharya Atreya compares the festivities of Diwali with light and sound to one's life's feelings and emotions in simpler terms. K. V. Mahadevan at his best always composing the Music while Ghantasala and P. Susheela provided the Vocals.



Lyrics in Romanized Telugu:

Cheekati Velugula Rangeli; Jeevitame Oka Deepavali
Cheekati Velugula Rangeli; Jeevitame Oka Deepavali
Mana Jeevitame Oka Deepavali
Amdaala Pramidala Aanamda Jyotula; Aasala Veligimchu Deepaala Velli
Cheekati Velugula Rangeli; Jeevitame Oka Deepavali
Mana Jeevitame Oka Deepavali

Akkayya Kannullo Mataabulu; E Chakkanni Baavako Javaabulu
Akkayya Kannullo Mataabulu; E Chakkanni Baavako Javaabulu
Maatallo Vinipimchu Chitapatalu; Maatallo Vinipimchu Chitapatalu
E Manasuno Kavvimchu Gusagusalu
Cheekati Velugula Rangeli; Jeevitame Oka Deepavali
Mana Jeevitame Oka Deepavali

Allullu Vastaaru Attavaarillaku; Maradallu Chestaaru Maryaada Vaallaku
Allullu Vastaaru Attavaarillaku; Maradallu Chestaaru Maryaada Vaallaku
Baavaa Baavaa Panneeru; Baavanu Pattuka Tanneru
Baavaa Baavaa Panneeru; Baavanu Pattuka Tanneru
Veedhi Veedhi Tipperu; Veesedu Guddulu Gudderu
Cheekati Velugula Rangeli; Jeevitame Oka Deepavali
Mana Jeevitame Oka Deepavali

Ammaayi Puttimdi Amaasa Naadu; Asalaina Gajadomga Avutundi Choodu
Ammaayi Puttimdi Amaasa Naadu; Asalaina Gajadomga Avutundi Choodu
Puttinarojuna Dorikaadu Todu; Puttinarojuna Dorikaadu Todu
Punnami Naatiki Avutaadu Jodu
Cheekati Velugula Rangeli; Jeevitame Oka Deepavali
Mana Jeevitame Oka Deepavali
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Magic In Tunes: 11/11/2015 - Happy Diwali

The third-day of the five-day festival is the main Diwali, the festival of lights. Just like the day before this day is also filled with puja and offerings to god, family gatherings, feast on scrumptious food, meet friends, light diyas and above all play with fireworks. This is one festival that I always want to be in India just because of the sheer energy and fun around.

Here is a fun song from the 2005 Hindi film Home Delivery: Aapko…Ghar Tak ( = Home Deliver: To You At Home) that depicts the fun of the festival thru the eyes of kids. Sung by a myriad of singers namely Divya Kumar, Shruti Pathak, Sunidhi Chauhan, Suraj Jagan and Vaishali Samant, it was Composed by Vishal - Shekar and Lyrics were penned by Vishal Dadlani.



Lyrics in Romanized Hindi:

Mere Tumhare Sabke Liye Happy Diwali; Saare Sitaarein Uske Liye Happy Diwali
Mere Tumhare Sabke Liye Happy Diwali; Saare Sitaarein Uske Liye Happy Diwali

Ham Sabhi Mein Har Kisike Dil Mein Hai Wahi
Ho Zameen Ya Asmaan Ho Woh Hai Har Kaheen
Roshani; Roshani; Roshani Yeh Music Ka Naam Hain
Yeh Jahaan; Yeh Jahaan; Yeh Jahaan Saara Usi Ka Kaam Hain
Usne Banayi Sabke Liye Happy Diwali; Saare Sitaarein Uske Liye Happy Diwali
Usne Banayi Sabke Liye Happy Diwali; Saare Sitaarein Uske Liye Happy Diwali

Usne Kaha Ke Jab Main Kahu Aayega Woh Mere Liye
Kyun Na Bhala Main Door Rahoon Aayega Woh Mere Liye
Usne Kaha Ke Jab Main Kahu Aayega Woh Mere Liye
Aayega Woh Mere Liye Aayega Woh Mere Liye

Duniya Meri Kaise Chamke Jaise Roshani Ne Roshani Ho Bhar Di Har Kahi
Duniya Saari Aaise Mehke Jaise Iss Khushi Mein Har Kali Ho Mehaki Har Kahi
Aaj Jahaa Bhi Tum Raho Chalo Saath Hamare Ab Kaho Say Happy Diwali; Happy Diwali
Aaj Jahaa Bhi Tum Raho Chalo Saath Hamare Ab Kaho Say Happy Diwali; Happy Diwali
Aaj Miley Tumse Koi Use Tum Bhi Bade Dil Se Milo Say Happy Diwali; Happy Diwali
Aaj Jahaa Bhi Tum Raho Chalo Saath Hamare Ab Kaho Say Happy Diwali; Happy Diwali
Aaj Miley Tumse Koi Use Tum Bhi Bade Dil Se Milo Say Happy Diwali; Happy Diwali
Mere Tumhare Sabke Liye Happy Diwali.