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All Around This World South and Central Asia (India)
All Around This World classes start our journey this season in India, a country with 1.15 billion people and counting, 80% of whom are Hindu. India is the world's most populous democracy and boasts the world's longest national constitution, the preamble of which defines India as a sovereign, socialist, secular, democratic republic and technically promotes equality despite the country's deep and ancient system of castes. India is simultaneously one of the world's largest economies and one of its poorest countries. And, as of course you already know, India is home to both the world's smallest bodybuilder and the world's biggest baby

In class this week we sing:

All Around This World welcomes kids to class during the South and Central Asian season with "Ilelele," a rollicking song about welcoming all visitors to the village. (more

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)   

"Chukke Hakki" is a song about reaching up high high high and catching the stars. (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)  


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