From Lakdi Ki Kaathi to Chota Bacha Jaan Ke Na Koi Aankh Dekhana Re, the day is here to embrace your inner child. Children’s Day 2017 falls on Tuesday and it remains one special happy day for us. Children’s Day in India is celebrated as Bal Diwas. The annual event commemorated on November 14, on the birthday of India’s First Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. He was fondly addressed as Chacha Nehru as he believed that children should always be carefully and lovingly nurtured, as they are the future of the nation and the citizens of tomorrow. Children’s Day or Bal Diwas is celebrated with fun and fervour in the country. School going children hold special events to mark the day with interesting Bollywood songs, both old and new in Hindi. After all how many of us do not wish to teleport ourselves back to the carefree and fun childhood days, every now and then. Here’s a list of songs to celebrate and wish Happy Children’s Day 2017 in style.
1. Nanhe Munne Bachche – Boot Polish
Sung in the voices of Asha Bhosle and Mohammad Rafi, Nanhe Munne Bachche is a classic song from 1954 film Boot Polish. The film is about a brother and sister pair who battle hardships to finally live happily with their adopted parents. This song has veteran actor David Abraham Cheulkar teaching the slum kids about self-respect and bright future. This song is widely a part of Children’s Day celebrations across schools in India.
2. Lakdi Ki Kaathi – Masoom
Lakdi Ki Kaathi song from 1983 film Masoom remains an insanely popular track even today. The song featured popular Bollywood personalities Urmila Matondkar and Jugal Hansraj as child actors along with Aradhana Srivastav. This song in voices of Gauri Bapat, Gurpreet Kaur and Vanita Mishra is a must at every kindergarten event or any other children’s gathering. Lakdi Ki Kaathi has attained a cult status over the years.
3. Ziddi Piddi – Chillar Party
It is one of the best songs portraying the power of a bunch of innocent and determined kids. This song sequence showcases a group of boys strip down to their underwear and kickstarting a mass movement against a minister who wants to kill a stray pet dog. The song Ziddi Piddi from 2011 Chillar Party is such an apt title to describe the indefinite courage shown by children. The song is sung by Armaan Malik, Amit Trivedi, Tanmay Chaudhari, Gaurika Rai and they have done a marvellous work at it.
4. Taare Zameen Par
Undoubtedly, one of the best children’s movies is Aamir Khan’s Taare Zameer Par, released in 2008. The film’s tagline: “Every Child is Special”, gave out several important messages including parenting, a unique set of skills each child possesses and mentorship. The title track in the voices of Shankar Mahadevan, Dominique Cerejo and Vivienne Pocha is simply magical. It is everything that you need to hear on Children’s Day 2017.
5. Chanda Chamke – Fanaa
Tongue twisters have been a memorable part of our childhood days. From Kaccha Papad, Pakka Papad to Pake Ped Par Pakka Papita Pakda Ped Ya Pakka Papita, we could not get more of funny (read: impossible to get) Hindi tongue twisters. This song Chanda Chamke from 2006 film, Fanaa, is just a sweet reminder of our growing days. Sung by Babul Supriyo, Mahalakshmi Iyer and Master Akshay Bhagwat, it remains a must-have in Children’s Day songs playlist.
6. Hum Bhi Agar Bachche Hote – Door Ki Awaaz
You will have a tough time finding a catchier tune than Hum Bhi Agar Bachche Hote song? The lyrics of the song goes like Hum bhi agar bachche hote, Hum bhi agar bachche hote, Naam hamara hota Gabloo Babloo, Khaane ko milte laddu, Aur duniya kehti happy birthday to you, Happy birthday to you. It is sung by Mohammad Rafi, Asha Bhosle and Manna Dey from the 1964 film Door Ki Awaz. This Children’s Day song doubles up as a peppy birthday song.
7. Chota Bacha Jaan Ke Na Koi Aankh Dekhana Re – Masoom
Our most favourite song is Aditya Narayan-sung Chota Bacha Jaan Ke Na Koi Aankh Dekhana Re. This song from 1996 film Masoom is basically all badass children who must not be messed with just because they happen to be kids. The song is all about attitude and swag exhibited by the child actor, Omkar Kapoor along with the playback singer. This Children’s Day, kids should go around singing Chota Bacha Jaan Ke Na Koi Aankh Dekhana Re (that’s just my wish)!
8. O Pappad Wale Panga Na Le – Makdee
If Chota Bacha Jaan Ke Na Koi Aankh Dekhana Re had a swagger boy throwing shade at his haters, O Pappad Wale Panga Na Le from 2002 film Makdee had mischief-monger girl who takes no crap from anyone. Sung by Upagna Pandya and Alaap Majgavkar, the song was filmed on child actress, Shweta Basu Prasad and she nailed it to the perfection. This song from Vishal Bhardwaj’s masterpiece is a must-must-play on Children’s Day.
On the occasion of Children’s Day 2017, we would want you to channelize your inner child. It is important to live and laugh just like the days gone by. Apart from rejuvenating oneself, ensure to love and care for the little angels in your life. Children are indeed the future and you must give them all the love and support in order for them to become independent strong individuals. At the same time, you must also protect their innocent soul and drive away the negativities. It is important to raise our children right. We wish everyone, a very Happy Children’s Day 2017.