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Now Even Navratri Cannot Escape Munni Badnaam Hui Fever



As the season of Jagratas is going to roll in, there would be no prize for guessing which is going to be the most popular song during the current Navratri season. Munni Badnam Hui from DABANGG would win it hands down and it would be presented in as diverse manifestations as can be possible. While it would provide definite flexibility for the Navratri revelers to groove to it in as myriad forms as possible, one does not know how the Jagratas would warm up to it. Goddess Durga would indeed be wondering whether she should feel happy about Bhajans being molded to the tune of Munni Badnam Hui which are going to make their debut during the Navratri in the current season.

If one travels into the annals of history, it was Narender Chanchal who had popularized this form of invocation to goddess Durga around North India by using the popular film songs and every year the current hit song thenceforth formed an adaptative form of bhajan offered to the goddess Durga. Jagratas really came into being after the Chalo Bulawa aaya hai, which though originally was sung by Mahender Kapoor, it was Narender Chanchal who made it rather an offering song at the Bhagwati Jagran or a binding element of the programme in between.

It would be interesting to see whether the bhakts would be able to resist and not starting in gay abandon when Bhajans to the tune of Munni Badnam Hui start blaring out, even though the lyrics may be an invocation to goddess Durga.

India would be the only place where such kind of film based influence even in the religious ceremonies has such a strong presence. It could be owing to the fact that among the Hindus there is no such institutionalized mechanism of accompanying music in sync with the religious ceremonies as it is there in other religions. For Sikhs it is the religious singing of the Gurbaanis, for Christians it is the choir singing while for Muslims it is the Sufi Quwallis. Possibly because of this reason the Hindus chose the film songs as channel vehicles to evoke religious sentiments during large scale mass gatherings. It has now evolved into such a big industry that every singer worth his grain now wants to be associated with it.

Whenever the history of Indian music is written, this aspect would also be factored into as an important ingredient of evolution of Hindi music.

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