Perhaps one of the most popular pre-wedding functions to take place at a north Indian wedding is the Sangeet. The word ‘sangeet’ itself translates to song or music. Typically hosted by the bride’s party, the celebration is hosted for all the women of the family. However, today we are seeing a shift toward more extravagant outings that are open to men and women.
The night lasts several hours and includes a combination of traditional musical performances and singing followed by a DJ belting out all the latest hits, choreographed dance routines from professionals or family members and copious amounts of catered food and drink.
It’s a time to let your hair down, wear the most colourful lehenga and get the party started.
Every member of your family will want to be the centre of attention, so we suggest you have your playlists ready for the DJ prior to the main event.
Our YouTube clips may also guide you along with choreography for the all important dance steps!
This was one incredibly tough playlist to formulate, but as always we will continue to add to the channel over the coming weeks.
Here is just a snippet of 10 of our favourite Bollywood sangeet numbers. If you’re a hard-core dance or rap lover and you need your Honey Singh or Badshah fix or maybe you can’t resist the golden oldies, our sangeet playlist has a tune for every member of your big fat Indian family!
The Medley – Mujhse Dosti Karoge
The medley song from the movie ‘Mujhse Dosti Karoge’ is an epic 12 minute medley, which includes popular Bollywood tunes from over the years. Word has it that music composer, Rahul Sharma narrowed his 250 song list down to 18 songs and it was filmed in a record time of six days! The songs are mostly sung by Lata Mangeshkar, Udit Narayan, Sonu Nigam and Pamela Chopra and features the likes of classic songs, Bachna Ae Haseeno and Chup Chup Khade Ho. Wow, is all we can say. Seriously, you could get any family member on the dance floor for this number.
Humma Humma – Bombay
No, not the brand new, reworked version! We’re talking about the original and best AR Rahman composition, Humma Humma from cult movie, ‘Bombay.’ A fabulous mix of eastern and western beats, this 90s number is a must for the sangeet playlist. Swing those hips and prepare for the ultimate dance off!
Kajra Re – Bunty Aur Babli
A song that hypnotised all Aishwarya Rai admirers is undoubtedly, the super catchy Kajra Re. Bollywood critics called it one of the greatest item numbers of all time and it certainly deserves that accolade. A true Bolly fanatic will never forget to include it on their wedding playlist. Guarantee you, your guests will definitely be singing “Kajra re kajra re, tere kare kare naina – Your kohl-lined black eyes” alongside you and your besties!
Hawa Hawaii – Mr India
If you’re planning a ‘Bollywood through the ages’ style, choreographed routine, we highly recommend that you include this iconic chartbuster. Hawa Hawai is a tune that never grows old. No one can ever recreate actress, Sridevi’s electric dance steps, but blow your guests away by dressing up in your shiniest golden lehenga and start lip-syncing to these epic lyrics.. “Bijli girane main hoon ayi, kehte hein mujhko hawa hawaii – I have come to make lightning fall, they call me, the wind from Hawaii.”
Chote Chote Bhaiyon Ke Bade Bhaiyya – Hum Saath Saath Hain
Producers of Bollywood blockbuster, ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’ churned out loads of popular and cheesy tracks, but this one was a cute little number apt for the elder brother’s wedding. Grab all the cousins and put on an energetic dance routine for all the family and guests because… “Chhote chhote bhaiyon ke bade bhaiya, aaj banenge kise ke saiyan – Elder brother of younger brothers, today he is going to become someone’s groom.”
Jaan Pehchan Ho – Gumnaam
How many of you have heard of this Mohammed Rafi song? Some may recall that Heineken used it as their backing track for one of their commercials some years back. Prior to this, back in 2001 cult movie, ‘Ghost World’ also made it popular in the opening credits. This is a personal favourite of mine as my husband and I danced along to it at our wedding! It’s a fab dance item and you can get the whole family involved.
Dholi Taro – Hum Dil De Chukhe Sanam
Having a gujarati wedding? The gujju community really know how to party and when it comes to song and dance, their dance is so vibrant and colourful that you have to get involved in some form. Don’t leave it until navratri to bring out the garba moves! It’s time for some dhol! Dholi Taro is a beautiful folk song dedicated to Lord Krishna and made famous by Salman and Aish in ‘Hum Dil De Chukhe Sanam.’ We just can’t get enough of these lyrics.. “Hey baaje re baaje re baaje re, dholi taro dhol baaje dhol baaje dhol baaje dhol, ki dham dham baaje dhol, ki dholi taro dhol baaje dhol baaje dhol baaje dhol, to dham dham baaje dhol – It’s thumping drummer, your drum is thumping…”
Ainyavi Ainyavi – Band Baaja Baaraat
This funky, energetic number was an instant hit at all weddings when it was first released. Ainyavi Ainyavi is a memorable song that gets stuck in your head every time you hear it. You can’t help but get your groove on and shake a leg. It’s so much fun to dance along to. Don’t miss playing this one at your sangeet!
Say Shava Shava – K3G
Almost every song from this classic family entertainer could be played at a sangeet party and not may Bollywood fanatics out there would disagree with us. From Yeh Ladki Hai Allah to Bole Chudiyan, there are so many memorable tracks. However Shava Shava is one of those stand out dance numbers that any member of the family off their chairs. Best part is that the steps are super easy to learn.
Nachde Ne Saare – Baar Baar Dekho
Of all the Bollywood songs that have released in the last year or so, Nachde Ne Saare is one that sticks in our minds. It’s a fun and peppy wedding number and the lyrics explain it all. What a lovely way to end your sangeet night, don’t you think? “Nachde ne saare ral-mil ke aaj hil-dul ke le saare ke saare nazare, nachde ne saare ral-mil ke aaj hil-dul ke le saare ke saare nazare – Everyone is dancing together in joy and happiness, look at these wonderful sceneries, everyone is dancing together in joy and happiness, look at these wonderful sceneries.”
Don’t forget that you can find all these tracks and more over on our YouTube channel. Click on the video link below to direct you straight there!
What are your thoughts on our sangeet playlist? Do you have a favourite from our YouTube playlist? Let us know in the comments below! We have one more playlist for you this week. Subscribe to our newsletter or like our Facebook page to never miss out on our future posts.
Poonam is the founder and director of The Maharani Diaries. She has a passion for South Asian fashion and weddings. Drinking coffee is one of her favourite pastimes and she also enjoys donating her time for charity. You’ll often find her volunteering on the side for various community events.