9 Holi Songs You Probably Don’t Know

6. Kora tann kori kaya (Lakshmi): An absolute patakha of a Holi song composed by the underrated Usha Khanna. One of our few female music composers, she breathed new life into the stereotypical Holi song with unusual cadences and funky beats that didn’t sacrifice traditional reet (ritual) for modern warmth. Lataji and Kishore Kumar sang for the spirited Raj Babbar and Reena Roy on screen.

7. Neela peela hara gulabi kachha pukka rank (Aap Beati): Dream Girl Hema Malini’s most popular Holi song is Sholay. But I much prefer this magnificent composition by Laxmikant Pyarelal where Lataji is joined by Mahendra Kapoor and Manna Dey. The resulting concoction is as heady as bhang.

8. Kinne sang khelu holi (non-cinematic): A traditional Holi number written by Meera Bai about lamenting instead of celebrating during Holi. Why should every Holi issue be about celebrating revelry and embracing love and togetherness? What about those who are not lucky enough to be with their loved one on this colorful day? Hridaynath Mangeshkar composes this unique song that his sister Lata Mangeshkar sings with supreme sublimity.

9. Holi re holi rangon ki doli (Paraya Dhan): When it comes to ungodly thoughts this Holi this song takes the cake. This is the sexiest Holi song in Hindi cinema. The beats suggest an eroticism that no other Holi song can even dare to match. No wonder Asha Bhosle sings like the quivering queen bee that she is. But to hear Manna Dey ringing so charged with lust is a shock. This is RD Burman’s best Holi song, far superior to that awful Sholay Holi ke din.

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