Navratri has officially begun and the execution of the preparations for this festival is in full swing. The word ‘Navratri’ means nine nights in Sanskrit, and each one of them is dedicated to one of the nine goddesses, namely— Shailaputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skanda Mata, Katyayani, Kalaratri, Mahagauri, and Siddhidatri. All of them are considered avatars of Goddess Durga and each one of them has their own governing planets, chants, mounts and special significance. Popular singer Falguni Pathak’s name is synonymous with Navratri and its celebrations. Here are the popular tracks that will get you grooving in no time.
Not everyone is aware but Navratri is celebrated five times a year, namely— Vasanta Navratri, Ashadha Navaratri, Sharadiya Navaratri, Paush/Magha Navaratri and Magha Navaratri. Amongst them, only Shardiya and Vasanta are widely celebrated across the country. This 1999 pop song took the masses by storm with its peppy beats and soon became a hit during festivals. If you look closely you will find many television celebrities dancing to the tunes of Falguni.
Maha Navratri is celebrated during the Sharad maas (month) and also marks the onset of winter. The date of the festival depends upon the Hindu lunar calendar. Popular actress Ayesha Takia featured in the video that every 90s’ kid can remember clearly. While the nation celebrates the onset of Navratri, this song takes all the limelight during the festivities.
Many consider ‘Ghatasthapana’ as one of the most important rituals in Navratri. An urn is filled with water and placed in front of Goddess Durga’s idol. This ritual symbolizes the invocation of the goddess and may vary from community to community. Popular television actress Sriti Jha plays the lead trying to woo her love interest in ‘O Piya’. Sriti Jha aka Pragya from ‘Kumkum Bhagya’ is one of the most popular television artists. Though she made her debut as Malini Sharma in the TV show ‘Dhoom Machaao Dhoom, Sriti rose to fame with ‘Jyoti’ and later ‘Kumkum Bhagya’.
Falguni Pathak’s music is based on traditional musical forms from Gujarat. Since her professional debut in 1998, she has developed into an artist with a large fan base across India. Once asked how she decided to take up singing as a career, she replied that it happened by default. This Gujarati number is a hit every time Navratri festivities kick start. Ask any Garba dancer and they will approve.
Although Falguni released these tracks under the pop genre back in the 90s, over the period of time, masses have adapted these numbers as popular Navratri songs. How and when the transition happened is not clear but no Navratri can go without Falguni’s songs blaring in the background. Sometimes the artist also performs live for her fans and the audience.
Durga is considered a fierce goddess who unleashes her wrath on whatever threatens humanity. She is fearless, yet she never loses her feminine persona. Moreover, she is considered another form of Goddess Parvati who symbolises fertility, affection and utmost devotion. Falguni has always depicted strong female characters in her songs which is why her tracks are a hit among masses and probably relatable with the powerful goddess.