Over the years, Bollywood has looked up to traditional folk songs for inspiration. In a lot of movies made by the Bollywood industry, we are introduced to versions of songs inspired by local folk songs. While the Bollywood remixes of these folk songs have a wider audience, the original songs carry a soul to them that is unique and can never be forgotten or recreated.
These folk songs remixes introduce us to a whole new aspect of music that is untouched but brimming with potential. They bring to the limelight the rich cultural and artistic heritage of our country. Below-mentioned are some of the Bollywood songs inspired by folk songs-
Genda Phool From Delhi 6
Singer - Rekha Bharadwaj, Shraddha Pandit, Sujata Majumdar
Lyricist - Prasoon Joshi
Music Director - A. R. Rahman, Rajat Dholakia
Genda Phool is a delightful song and an enjoyable folk song remix from the film Delhi 6. It is a folk remix of the Chhattisgarhi folk song called Dadariya. Dadariya includes folk songs that humorously describe personal situations. In the song Genda Phool, a wife teasingly talks about her mother and sister-in-law, as she waits for her husband to return home. Some of the professional Dadariya singers include Sheikh Hussain and Mamta Chandrakar.
Listen to Genda Phool from Delhi 6 here and the folk version of the song here.
Kesariya Balam From Dor
Singer - Karsan Sagathiya
Lyricist - Mir Ali Hussain
Music Director - Salim-Sulaiman
Kesariya Balam from Dor is a soulful folk song remix that will transport you to the beautiful sand dunes of Rajasthan. It is a folk remix of one of the most famous Rajasthani folk songs of the same name. Kesariya Balam was originally composed to welcome the homecoming of Rajput warriors after wars. The song is sung in the Mand singing style. It was sung by the Padma Shri recipient folk singer Allah Jilai Bai.
Listen to Kesariya Balam from Dor here and the folk version of the song here
Dilbaro From Raazi
Singer - Harshdeep Kaur, Vibha Saraf & Shankar Mahadevan
Lyrics - Gulzar
Music Director - Shankar Ehsaan Loy
Dilbaro from the film Raazi is an emotional rendition and a folk song remix by Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy. The opening lines of the song are a part of a Kashmiri wedding song. Dilbaro is a folk remix of a traditionally sung song during bidaai and translates to a daughter bidding a farewell to her father. Such melodies were culturally famous and traditionally used way back in the 1960s, the ’70s and ’80s, where a daughter had to bid goodbye to her loving family and home.
Listen to Dilbaro from Raazi here and the folk version of the song here.
Ambarsariya From Fukrey
Singer - Sona Mohapatra
Lyricist - Munna Dhiman
Music - Ram Sampath
The tune of the very famous folk song remix Ambarsariya sung by Sona Mohapatra is influenced by a Punjabi sacred Shabad or sacred song - Rakkhi Charna De Kol. The lyrics penned down by Munna Dhiman are improvised for the folk remix but are inspired by another Punjabi folk song of the same name.
Listen to the Ambarsariya song from Fukrey here and its inspiration here
Navrai Majhi From English Vinglish
Singer - Sunidhi Chauhan
Lyricist - Swanand Kirkire
Music Director - Amit Trivedi
Unlike the wedding dance numbers showcased by other Bollywood movies that are loud, English Vinglish introduced us to the wedding melody Navrai Majhi. Navrai Majhi is a folk song remix of the popular Marathi wedding song of the same name. The folk remix used in the film is synonymous with an Indian wedding- fun and upbeat! Traditionally, Navrai Majhi is sung by the bride’s family to introduce her as a vision of grace and beauty.
Listen to Navrai Majhi from English Vinglish here.
Nimbooda Nimbooda from Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
Singer - Kavita Krishnamurthy, Karsan Sargathiya
Lyricist - Mehboob
Music Director - Ismail Darbar
Nimbooda Nimbooda from the film Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam is a folk song remix of the very popular Rajasthani song Nimbooda. It was brought to the limelight by Gazi Khan Barna of the Manganiyar community in Rajasthan. The song uses ‘fetching limes’ as a double entendre. The folk remix in the film became a hit and a popular dancing number amongst the audience.
Listen to Nimbooda Nimbooda from Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam here and the folk version of the song here.
Chudiyan Khanak Gayeen / Morni Baaga Ma Bole From Lamhe
Singer - Lata Mangeshkar, Ila Arun
Lyricist - Anand Bakshi
Music Director - Shiv-Hari
Another folk song remix, Morni Baaga Ma Bole from Lamhe, is inspired by a popular Rajasthani folk song. Traditionally, the song was sung by Banjaras a.k.a traditional nomads. The legendary Lata Mangeshkar and Ila Arun weaved magic in this folk remix of Bollywood. The song symbolises the pain of a woman waiting for her lover to return. The traditional verses of the song are combined with the Hindi lyrics of the song.
Listen to Morni Baaga Ma Bole from Lamhe here.
Jugni From Cocktail
Singer - Arif Lohar, Harshdeep Kaur
Lyrics - Irshad Kamil
Music Director - Arif Lohar, Pritam
The famous Punjabi folk song has been remixed multiple times, with one of the most famous versions being the Sufi version Chambe Di Booti by Coke Studio. Jugni in Cocktail is also a heart-wrenching folk song remix. Traditionally, the word ’Jugni’ is used by the singer as an innocent observer to make incisive, humorous or sad, but always touching observations. This folk remix is the Sufi version of the song and talks about the tribulations in the path of love.
Listen to Jugni from Cocktail here and a folk version of the song here