V Kumar has been writing on Bollywood movies and music for several years, highlighting perspectives that are often missed out or ignored.
Bollywood Songs About Children
Bollywood movies are family entertainment, and there is something for everyone. There are a lot of songs about children that not only depict how the younger generation was pampered and prepared for the future within the family, but also tell us a lot about family dynamics and relationships. Many of these songs are a treat to hear and watch, not only for kids but also for everyone else.
Here is a list of ten best Bollywood songs about children.
Lakdi Ki Kathi, Kathi Pe Ghoda
If there is one song that represents all that Bollywood has to offer children, it is this song. It is not just a song for kids. Its musical quality, rhythm, and lyrics make it a perennial classic that stays with most people who follow Bollywood music. There are many who enjoyed it when they were kids, and they still enjoy it today along with their kids. On screen, this song depicts the spirit of childhood in a way that is very close to reality. The great music of this number was composed by R. D. Burman, lyrics written by Gulzar, and the singers are Gauri Bapat, Vanita Mishra, and Gurpreet Kaur.
Dadi Amma Dadi Amma Man Jao
Children are the most important factor in binding a family together. They are the future and represent the elders of the family in times to come. But most of all, their innocence and straightforwardness brings a unique freshness to the relationships. Lastly, their tenderness and vulnerability make even the hardest perona melt. This number shows how kids are able to take care of an angry grandma and get rid of the tension within the family. It was composed by Ravi. The singers are Asha Bhonsle and Kamal Barot and the lyrics were written by Shakeel Badayuni.
Hum Bhi Agar Bachche Hote
This great number reflects how adults can join children to celebrate. The words literally mean "If we were also children . . ." and bring back our old childhood memories. For kids, it is a sweet nice song that they can enjoy, even half a century after it was composed. Its excellent music was composed by Ravi. It is sung by Mohamma Rafi and Asha Bhonsle and the very hummable lyrics were written by Shakeel Badayuni.
Mere Paas Aao Mere Doston
This number is one of the most popular Bollywood songs ever made for children. When it was recorded in the seventies, it was equally popular among all ages and the credit for that goes to the superstardom of singer and actor Amitabh Bachchan. Everything he did those days became a fad. This song shows his multifaceted and has an innovative aura. The nice music was composed by Rajesh Roshan and lyics are written by Anand Bakhshi.
Boot Polish (1954)
Nanhe Munhe Bachche Teri Mutthi Mein Kya Hai
This song is great because of the many aspects of life it depicts. It is a song not just for children. It is a song of a nation which, having been freed from the shackles of colonialism, was trying to get on its feet. While doing so, it faced challenges, frustration, and injustice but the path it was carving out for itself focused on values. This number represents the hardships, resolve, and aspirations of young India.The voices of Asha Bhonsle and Mohammad Rafiul do full justice to excellent music composed by Shankar Jaikishan. The lyrics were written by Shailendra.
Taare Zameen Par (2007)
This song is the tale of a 21st century kid. He must live and adapt to an immensely complex modern life in which technologically led, politically confused, and chaotic, impersonal collectivity take their own toll on children. Like other children, this boy has little time to understand what is going on around them. His reactions to life around him are a reflection of this age and society. The song's soft music is composed by Shankar Ehsan Loy. The lyrics were written by Prasoon Joshi and the singers are Adnan Sami, Ananya Wadkar, and Auriel Cordo.
Shree 420 (1955)
Ichak Dana Beechak Dana
A classic in every sense, this song addresses the way riddles help kids imagine and learn, but there is a lot more to it. There are many subplots unfolding side by side, in the form of a love story. Open sky schools are still a reality in many villages, but in the '50s they were almost a universal phenomenon. School teachers were not discouraged, however, as in this number. Some of the former students of such schools can vouch that some of the best teachers they ever came across were in such schools. This riddle-loaded musical composition was created by Shankar Jaikishan, lyrics were written by Hasrat Jaipuri, and it is sung by Lata Mangeshkar. An eternal classic!
Dil Ek Mandir (1963)
Juhi Ki Kali Meri Laadli
This great song has an unforgettable melody sung by Suman Kalyanpur, a singer whose full potential was probably not exploited by Bollywood. It reflects the touching love of a mother for her dear daughter, and how the Indian family pampered its children with all their affection and love. The on-screen presence of Meena Kumari is equally authentic. This musical melody was composed by Shankar Jaikishan and its lyrics written by Shailendra.
Chun Chun Karti Aayi Chidiya
The movie Dilli Door Nahain is about a child who wants to go to Delhi to meet the Prime Minister and tell him that his father, who has been accused of a murder but is actually innocent. The child is determined and on his way is escorted by a man who has developed a strange affection for him. The movie depicts how older India had a lot more to offer for all children, unlike the modern urbanized societies of today. This song has highly hummable beats and lyrics that easily stick to your toungue. The great voice of Mohammad Rafi makes it a real treat for everyone in the audience. Its music was composed by Dattaram and the lyrics written by Hasrat Jaipuri.
Rail Gaadi Rail Gaadi Chhuk Chhuk
Many consider this number to be Bollywood's first piece of rap music. The fact that the song is primarily for children does not undermine its spontaneous, innovative creativity. Not exactly in the classical mode, it befits the child entertainment where it proposes to belong. It also brings out the singing abilities of Ashok Kumar, a Bollywood veteran, who used to sing in his early years in Bollywood during the '30s and '40s. This number was and remains a favourite with children, though the appeal of child numbers is not the same today, an age of animated movies and video games. The music was composed by Vasant Desai and the lyrics were written by Harindranath Chattopadhyay.
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© 2012 V Kumar
V Kumar (author) on July 10, 2015:
All the best ! Ishan.
ishan sharma on July 09, 2015:
thanks tomorrow is my solo singing competition and i was not able to select a song
Egils Petersons from Latvia on October 30, 2014:
V Kumar (author) on September 07, 2014:
You are right. Nani teri morni ko.. was a staple of our childhood - a routine in our Antyaksharies, from "na"...!
smita sinha on September 07, 2014:
good song choices, but I missed one that I like most ever since my childhood, NANI TERI MORNI KO MOR LE GAYE....
V Kumar (author) on March 23, 2013:
Thanks for letting me know that your chidren liked them. That is the best thing I have heard about this hub.
Aneeq and Sara on March 23, 2013:
Very nice song my childrens like it very much. Thankyou
V Kumar (author) on January 16, 2013:
Great to know that you liked it. Thank you.
Tarun Bajaj from Panipat - India on January 15, 2013:
its good to see these kind of interesting hubs... nice songs chosen.. and well presented hub..
V Kumar (author) on August 31, 2012:
Thanks for the encouraging words to both of you.
roy rk on August 31, 2012:
one of the best collection of hindi songs arranged with variety of topics i have seen so far. hats off to you. supply us with more musical numbers. all the best.
Shampa Sadhya from NEW DELHI, INDIA on July 21, 2012:
Voted up and interesting!
I liked your choices. It is a good hub.