In class this week we sing:
We sing "We Are Happy," a hello song from Uganda, to open every All Around This World class. This week we sing hello in Kannada: "Namaskaar."
"Ut Re Moora" is a universal song about the peaceful feeling of waking up before dawn on the farm. (more)
"Diwali Aayee" is a song about Diwali, the Hindu "Festival of Lights," an its an awesome holiday full of food, fireworks and fun. Everyone loves it, hence the chorus: "Diwali aayee, Diwali aayee, everybody loves Diwali...." (more)
A LITTLE MORE
Bollywood is India's Mumbai-based, Hindi-language, billion-dollar film industry. Most Bollywood films are lavish, epic musicals, full of lavish,epic musical production numbers. Bollywood actors and actresses are certainly stars in their own right, but all of them lipsynch while "playback singers" do the actual singing. Playback singers such as Mohammad Rafi, Kishore Kumar and sisters Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Boshle have rightfully earned their fame, as have popular Bollywood composers such as A.R. Rahman.
In music class we learn how to dance, Bollywood style, along to the song "Uden Jab Jab Zulfen" performed by legendary playback singers Mohammad Rafi and Asha Boshle from the 1957 movie Naya Daur, a "man vs. machine," "new ways vs. old" story of a contest between horse-carriage driver Shankar and Kundan, who brings in a bus to take people to and fro, thereby stealing the horse-carriage drivers' business and dividing the once-peaceful village. Watch the masters sing and dance here.