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The Top 10 Bollywood Dance Songs For Your Kids– hindibyreena
People tend to think the best Hindi songs for their kids, are songs about kids or songs featuring kids.
Songs like “Lakdi Ki Kathi” or “Bum Bum Bole.”
But what about fun, catchy songs that will make your kids want to get up and dance?
If you want to introduce your kids to some Hindi music, but don’t know where to start. OR if you want your kids to learn some popular, cool, and fun Hindi songs for your next trip to India — this is a great place to start.
Let’s not forget that we desis love to talk “Bollywood” — so knowing some good Bollywood songs can go a long way to help bond with cousins and friends.
They’ll even learn some new Hindi words!
So without further delay, here is a list of 10 fun Hindi songs for your kids.
The songs are upbeat (appropriate) and catchy!
You can also find this list as a SAAVN playlist – HERE.
#1. Baby Ko Bass Pasand Hai
Salman Khan, dances in full form in this HUGE hit from 2016. If you’re attending a wedding this year, you’ll definitely hear it on the dance floor!
Is the video appropriate for kids?: Yes. Salman Khan’s dancing is fun to watch, and even a bit silly.
Key Learning Words:
Pasand = like (to find agreeable)
Baby ko bass pasand hai = baby likes bass
Akhiyaan = eyes
Bole = say
AnpaR = uneducated
Baithe-Baithe = while I was sitting
Nache = dance
Tej = loud
#2. Dance Pe Chance
This song, from the movie “Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi” with Shah Rukh & then newcomer Anushka Sharma is a real show stopper. The lyrics actually give you built-in choreography – what more could you ask for?
Is the video appropriate for kids?: Yes. Your kids can even pick up some steps by watching the video.
Key Learning Words:
Aage = in front
Peeche = behind
Yaara = friend
Sar = head
Ghooma-le = spin
Per = feet
Banda = man
Haath = hand
#3. Kala Chashma
Another chart-buster, if they haven’t already, your child will hear this song at every Indian event, they go to. Despite having many Punjabi lyrics (as many Bollywood dance songs do), this song also has some Hindi words your child can learn!
Is the video appropriate for kids?: Mostly yes – but Katrina Kaif’s clothes might be a bit too revealing for the cautious parent. Might have to turn to the SAAVN playlist for this one.
Key Learning Words:
Kala = Black
Chashma = glasses/sunglasses
Jachta = looks great
Gore = fair skinned
Mukhada = face
#4. Pretty Woman
A classic song from “Kal Ho Na Ho”(2003) where Shah Rukh sings a Hindi version of the American song by the same name. The song is so eclectic and delightfully upbeat that you will be able to listen to it over and over.
Is the video appropriate for kids?: Yes. Based in the US, this video has a “block party” feel.
Key Learning Words:
Dekho/ Dekha = look/ saw
Abhi = now
Kaun = who
Anjani = stranger (woman)
Sochoo = I think
Kehedoo = I say
Kali = flower bud
Kiran = sun-light
Tum bhi kaho = you also say
#5. Kar Gayi Chull
This song has a killer beat and has some English in it to help your kids sing-along. The meaning of this song is a bit vague (and random), so don’t worry too much about explaining any overarching theme to your child.
Is the video appropriate for kids?: Partially – shows some drinking, but otherwise great!
Key Learning Words:
LaRki = girl (The capital "R" is a half "r" and half "d" sound)
Chull = electric shock (in Punjabi)
Naach = dance
Dilli = Delhi
Landan = London
Matak = dancing with swag;)
Raveena Tandon = name of an actress from the 90s
#6. Ban Ja Tu Meri Rani
The newest song on this list, this song is not super fast, but still catchy and will make you want to sway to the music! The lyrics are slower and easier to pick up.
Is the video appropriate for kids: Partially. There are some light “romantic” parts in the second half of the video. Here is a link to the SAAVN playlist, just in case!
Key Learning Words:
Ban ja = become
Tu = you
Meri = my
Rani = queen
Mahal = palace
Taj = crown
#7. Galti Se Mistake
Your kids will love watching a playful Ranbir Kapoor dancing to this song. The song is cute too, quite literally meaning “mistake by mistake.”
Is the video appropriate for kids: Yes, absolutely. Might be a fun one to put on in the background!
Key Learning Words:
Gaari = car
Galti = mistake
Umar = age
Pyaare = sweetheart
#8. Chittiyaan Kalaiyaan
A popular song from the 2015 movie, Roy, features Jacqueline Fernandez in Europe dancing in the street with locals. The song has some English rapping in it too! Your kids will definitely be singing this one for a while.
Is the video appropriate for kids: Yes. It showcases some simple group dancing. Very PG!
Key Learning Words:
Chittiyaan = fair-skinned
Kalaiyaan = wrists
Jhoomke = earrings
Chum = kiss
Shopping karaa de = take me shopping
Picture dikhaa de = show me a movie
#9. Mahi Ve
Another song from Kal Ho Na Ho, and this one is equally as catchy and fun. Set at a wedding-like event – this song has been played at weddings for 10+ years!
Is the video appropriate for kids: Yes. Even years later, the outfits are gorgeous and SRK is at his best.
Key Learning Words:
Matha = head
Kaano = ears
Chamke = sparkles
Mahi = Sweetheart, love (definition varies)
Haathon = hands
Kangana = bracelet
Pairon = feet
Naino = eyes
Soni = beautiful (Punjabi)
Aaja = come
#10. Batameez Dil
From one of the best music albums in the past 5 years – Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani – this song was the top of the charts for years. The video is fantastic with all the colors and lavishness you expect from a Bollywood song. Many of the lyrics go by so fast (rap-style) that they might be hard to catch. Either way, I highlighted some key words that might stand out and their meaning.
Is the video appropriate for kids: Yes. A colorful and entertaining, true-Bollywood music video. Must watch!
Key Learning Words:
Batameez = misbehaved
Dil = heart
Maane na = doesn’t listen
Muka = punch
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Modern Bollywood is a show!
Alina Yasmin is an Indian film dance teacher and choreographer who has worked in India for many years. And now he is actively working in Moscow and leads his Bombay show group.
During a series of her workshops in the Crimea as part of the "Alushta Dance Fest" Alina told us about the modern Bollywood dance style and her experience with it.
– Alina, many people know dances in the style of Bollywood from Indian cinema, but how do you evaluate these dances, having passed them through yourself?
- After many years of work in India, after gaining experience and returning to Moscow, I contributed to the development of modern Bollywood in Russia. I presented this trend to the public in a slightly different perspective. I brought it out in a more modern and meaningful version, not only in movements, but also in the presentation of costumes. What was before? These were more traditional outfits, images close to the classics and, accordingly, danced more and more clearly. The movements were borrowed from classical and folk dances. I brought in an order of magnitude more modern movements of this dance, attaching them to modern Bollywood. To the very meaning of the dance. After all, modern Bollywood is tied to the text and meaning of the song. It is impossible, for example, to stick the same bunch of eight or sixteen counts to all modern songs, no. This is not Bollywood!
- So, in order to dance modern Bollywood, the choreographer needs to know the translation of the song and immerse himself in the dance based on the meaning of the song?
- Definitely! Because Bollywood and Indian dances in general are different from many other dance styles in that they are tied to the meaning and lyrics of the song. Because it is the song that dictates the dance itself. For example, having come up with a link to any other choreography, the director can include any music on it so that the dancer portrays the dance. But in Bollywood and Indian dance, it is much more difficult to do this, and it is impossible to bring the dance to the public in this form. It won't be Bollywood.
- You have worked as a choreographer in India for many years. Did you have to deal with any difficulties in working there or were you well received there?
– It was somehow easier for me to work in India as a foreign artist. I secured myself there as a choreographer, because I brought a lot of interesting and new things for them. And the dance groups that I worked with there were happy to share my choreography, my ideas and borrowed my decisions and ideas from me. Even if they had something of their own, and I brought my ideas, they began to dance what I gave. They really liked my modern Bollywood style.
– How did it all start? Who was your first Bollywood teacher?
– In India, in fact, with great pleasure they watch a lot of things, learn a lot, take master classes from teachers who work in Mumbai. There are leading dance schools that borrow European dance styles, study and use it in productions. Choreographers also contribute this to modern cinema. As for my training, I was not only engaged in Indian dances at the same time, but I studied many different styles. She studied jazz, modern, contemporary, hip-hop and funk. In terms of dance, I'm omnivorous. I like dancing in all their directions. And, of course, when I got into Bollywood, I added my experience from European dance styles of other teachers to it. I have certain teachers whom I love and respect very much, appreciate and believe that they have given me a lot. These are Anna Braslavskaya (jazz, modern and funk) and Evgeny Kevler (pure funk), Dmitry Akimenko (contemporary and modern). I can single them out and say that I am very grateful to them. And plus, of course, in India itself there is also much to learn. But this is most likely a show of chips. For example, working with props and costumes. Some interesting transitions in the dances, speaking specific movements that are not quite folklore and not quite modern. Of the classical teachers, I studied in Delhi with Rammohan Maharaj, but this is classical kathak, not modern dance.
– In your opinion, how developed is Bollywood in Russia, and what problems do you see in our country in presenting this style?
– Bollywood is not very developed in Russia. There is no quality display. Any quality and any production with any presentation passes to the public. After all, people still perceive it as a novelty, as an unpromoted direction. And they are often confused with belly dancing, they do not share what is classical Indian dance and what is Bollywood. That is why there is a large area for work in order to put all this in the right direction and on track. And at the same time, it is quite difficult to do this, because everything is mixed up, there are no certain clear rules and procedures so that it is all divided and it is clear where Bollywood is, and where is classical Indian dance and what kind of classical dance it is. Many people dance because of nostalgia for the Indian films they watched as children. So everything that concerns Bollywood, in Russia it is still in disassembled form. The situation with Indian classical dance is completely different, because many choreographers, having studied with classical teachers in India, where everything is quite fundamental and strictly built, brought the classical school to Russia. And I treat this with great respect, because what was before my departure to India and now is heaven and earth. Now Indian classics in Russia are presented at a very decent, good and high quality level. Both the choreography and the dance itself. Everything about Bollywood. There is a complete mess going on here. There are, of course, teams that are great and make this show out of it. Because Bollywood is still a show direction. And there are groups that are stuck in some kind of past, and they still perceive Bollywood in some kind of infancy.
- Based on all of the above, what is modern Bollywood?
– Contemporary Bollywood is a dance style that has a touch of contemporary dance styles in its music and choreography. And sometimes it’s even impossible to say which one specifically, because anything can be mixed here. With obligatory binding to the song, and even in the music itself there should be notes of modernity and some kind of melody. A person sometimes does not even immediately perceive by ear that this is India. Bollywood is a cinematic direction, and northern. There is also southern, and Rajasthan and Punjabi films. And Bollywood is what is hyped. What goes to the masses and is bought abroad. Music can copy Western music, it can be rehashing. It can also be with oriental Arabic music. For example, they liked the song, and they cover it. Since, for example, Abraham Russo sang “Far, far away my angel”, rehashing an Arabic hit, and the Indians took and sang the same thing in their own way.
– What steps should be taken by those who want to learn modern Bollywood?
- To make it easy to lay down from the very beginning, you should try yourself in modern dances. Close to Bollywood are such dance styles as jazz funk and fusion from modern and the same funk. Hip-hop is also close. If people are already involved in these areas, then when they come to Bollywood, it will be much easier for them to dance. But this does not apply to classical Indian dance, because a classical school is needed here. It needs a good teacher. There are classical classes at the Indian Embassy, but very massively and superficially. We have our good teachers for classical dance, which are more individual and thorough approach to the classics. I really like Ekaterina Seliverstova, Ashwani Nigam. I think they have a strong school in the classics. And there is still room for development in Bollywood.
– How to get to your master classes or dance school?
- I'm working with Bollywood as the dance of North Indian cinema. I don’t touch southern cinema, because I worked with northern cinema with Bollywood. My master classes are held every year in August in Alushta as part of the "Alushta Dance Fest". And from time to time I give dance intensives in Moscow, when I teach not only performances, but also make explanations for those who need an understanding of the basics of modern Bollywood dance. My dance school is located at the ZIL cultural center. And to any person who wants to dance the dances of Indian cinema and modern Bollywood, I can sincerely say: "Welcome!"
Bombay Show Group
Moscow, m. Avtozavodskaya
ZIL, st. Vostochnaya, 4, building 1
Interviewed by Ekaterina Gavrilova, photo from the archive of Alina Yasmin
The art of dance: working with the body, emotions and self-acceptance
Sharing with you the experience of working with the wards of the "Russian House", I would like to note how diverse our rehabilitation work is. These are practical trainings of everyday, labor and social skills, discussions, immersion in oneself, introspection, work with the word - and even dancing! Since June 2021, dance-movement adaptive classes Bollywood Dances have been held at the Russia House.
Alexandra Soshnikova, the permanent leader of the course, conducts it for residents of the Bogorodsky social home (formerly the Psycho-Neurological Boarding School No. 33), and everyone from among the members of the Russian House also joins the classes. Why did we choose this dance direction? Alexandra knows the culture of India well and is immersed in this topic, so she manages to inspire the audience as well. This is not a traditional Indian dance school. Participants study online - this is a pleasant hour when you can just move around, improvise, learn movements and dance, and also chat - talk about the history, life and culture of India and why people in Russia love this country, its people and its music and dancing.
“We dance to tunes and songs from Indian cinema (Bollywood) of the past and present, and these are different styles and directions: pop, electro, disco, Arabic motifs, and hip-hop, and rap, and elements ancient national dances. And our classes are a lot of improvisation, self-development and self-expression,” says Alexandra Soshnikova.
It is very important that "Bollywood dances" - in the dance and movement part - help the participants of the classes to learn to feel their body, to get joy from it. In addition, it is also work with emotional intelligence, the development of acting skills. “We learn gestures, play with images, develop the so-called dance storytelling – we learn to express emotions through facial expressions and dance. I see how the classes help the participants gain self-confidence, become more liberated,” notes Alexandra. Finally, these are resource practices for self-help and self-support: breathing exercises, the practice of gratitude and self-acceptance. This, the course leader explains, helps to relax, direct attention to your body, learn to accept it, love, understand, treat your own personality correctly. And of course, there is also an educational element in such classes: participants study videos, photographs and stills from films, discuss together the history of Bollywood films and the culture of India in general, expanding their horizons.