How to Dance At My Wedding

I’ve put together my own playlist on my iPod for the wedding. Now, most of the music is not Indian. There’s a lot of 90s, current pop, and geek “spoof” songs like Roll a D6 and Mario Kart Love Song. And then there’s the wonderful blend of both geeky and Indian: Game On by The Guild. But there are also a few Bollywood and maybe one or two Bhangra songs. (Anyone have any song suggestions for me?)

My ability to dance to Indian music is pretty limited, so I want to brush up on some basic Bollywood moves that I can use. Because these songs really make me want to dance!

 Mix of Bollywood/Bhangra style

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Pure Bhangra basic steps

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Basic Bollywood Dance Moves

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 A Bollywood Routine

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Here are the songs I have in my playlist so far:

Chunari Chunari, which I know from Monsoon Wedding rather than the original movie!

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Nimbooda Nimbooda: How could I not have the wedding song from my favorite Bollywood movie Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam?

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Mahiya (I think I have too many YouTube videos in here already, so I’ll link to the rest rather than embed them!)

Mitra Nu: This is the only Bhangra style I have, so I’d welcome suggestions for others!

Aadat – Remixed By D.J. Suketu (Taken from the film Kalyug)

 What else should I have?

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  • Garvi Sheth

    I’m resisting the impulse to just put down all my favorite songs, and I’m trying to actually think about what would be easy and fun for those uninitiated with bhangra and/or Bollywood to get into. =P
    Knowing me I’ll get more ideas later and keep coming back to this page to add more.

    BHANGRA!!
    My bhangra knowledge is fairly outdated but I can recommend some that people loved to dance to a few years ago and that always get me moving:
    -Darshan is always a winner: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWnlEFDf3XI
    -Mundian to Bach Ke is pretty well known everywhere: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJztXj2GPfk
    (There’s also the Jay-Z remix, which was popular enough in the early-to-mid-2000s that most people in the States will recognize it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSzaLqtUons)
    -Basically anything by Daler Mehndi is dance-able and nice and fast: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKh9jWWZVew is one example.
    -Aaja Nachle is fun! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DXxuxAwOVk

    BOLLYWOOD:
    My Bollywood knowledge is also a few years outdated. I’m trying to pick songs with Western enough beats that people won’t be afraid to dance to them. =D
    -A personal favorite, Mahi Ve from Kal Ho Naa Ho: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNkpGFDtIQM [This is both bhangra and Bollywood, and fun to dance to!]
    -I LOVE Kuch Kuch Hota Hai! This is the wedding song from it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMe1OEQXpc8. It’s slightly on the slower side, which is something to consider. Maybe to get people warmed up? Or if it’s too slow, during lunch?
    -Ye Mera Dil from Don (2006) is sexy and fun: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56GwA6878AM
    -Can’t go wrong with Desi Girl from Dostana: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DREmGidGIN8
    -DUH. I don’t know how I didn’t think of this first. Mauja Hi Mauja from Jab We Met: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PaDaoNnOQaM

  • http://amarchotoprithibi.blogspot.com/ Andrea

    If I was in town, I’d happily DJ!

    Badtameez Dil and Balam Pichkari from Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani, Tum Hi Ho Bandhu from Cocktail (if you’re not weird about a bhajan being danceified), One Two Three Four from Chennai Express, Genda Phool from Delhi 6, Uff Teri Ada from Karthik Calling Karthik, and some older songs, Aaj Ki Raat (Don 2006), Khaike Paan Banaraswala (Don – either version will do), Mujhse Shaadi Karogi, Koi Kahe Kehta Rahe (Dil Chahta Hai), Maahi Ve and It’s The Time To Disco (Kal Ho Na Ho), Bole Chudiyan (Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham), Nagada (Jab We Met), Dupatta Tera Nau Rang Da (Partner), Rang De Basanti, Dola Re Dola (Devdas), Dulhania Dulhania (Dosti), Om Shanti Om, Kajra Re (Bunty Aur Babli), Jhoom Barabar Jhoom, Jute De Do (Hum Aapke Hain Kaun), Mast Kalandar (Heyy Baby), Door Se Paas (Musafir), Dard-e-Disco (Om Shanti Om), It’s Rocking (Kya Love Story Hai)

    For bhangra, you can’t go wrong with Mundiya To Bach Ke Rahi by Panjabi MC :) Also I hear that white guys love Tunak Tunak Tun so that might be a good one to put closer to your campy/geeky set :) All the bhangra I know is several years old though so can’t give any good suggestions on new stuff.

    • Ambaa

      Oh man, having you DJ would be SO cool!

  • Ambaa

    Oh, I actually have that one on my computer already! Perfect.

  • http://eminenz.in/ Nitin Mittal

    WOW
    Nice collection of songs with videos
    I have recently visited a link with fab list of latest bollywood songs which are gonna rock this year

    Chk out : http://livintotal.com/top-20-indian-wedding-dance-songs-2013-2014/

    • Ambaa

      Nice! Thank you!


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