Black – The Colour Of Infinity

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The winters are saying adieu and the Sun is ready to shine bright. During this transition period, people in many parts of India wear the colour black as they won’t be able to wear it during the summers. It is the colour of infinity. Black is many a times associated with bad omen. Sometimes, it is associated with the ever-enchanting Lord Krishna!

Let’s see what Bollywood has to say about this mysterious colour…

1. Yashomati maiyya se – Satyam Shivam Sundaram (1978)
Whenever we talk about the colour black, Lord Krishna and his beautiful dark skin will surely cross our mind and we would be pulled into the infinity of spirituality. This is a bhajan written by Pandit Narendra Sharma and composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal is a treat to hear.

2. Hum kale hain toh kya hua – Ghumnaam (1965)
This Shankar-Jaikishan song was almost on the verge of being canned from the movie. As there was an alleged cold war between Mehmood and Manoj Kumar during the making of the movie, it is said that Kumar insisted on discarding this song from the movie. The director, however, went with his own decision and kept it. The result – A smashing hit song! Funny, adorable, hummable.

3. Jaa re kaare badara – Dharti Kahe Pukaar Ke (1969)
This Laxmi-Pyare song is written by Majrooh Sultanpuri and is sung by Lata Mangeshkar. Nanda’s plea to the black clouds to go to her beloved who is a simpleton and unaware of love is worth listening to.

4. Badi mushkil baba badi mushkil – Lajja (2001)
Black colour is also associated with the ‘kala til’ on the fair maiden’s cheek. There are so many songs on this phenomenon that the space would fall short. Enjoy this dance number by Anu Malik, penned by Sameer and sung by Alka Yagnik.

5. Kaali ghodi dwar khadi – Chashme Buddoor (1981)
Composed by Raj Kamal and lyrics by Indu Jain, this classical song is sung by Yesudas and Haimanti Sukla. It is a symbolic song of a wedding in the future.

6. Kajrare kajrare – Bunty Aur Babli (2005)
A fantabulous song by Gulzar and Shankar-Ehsan-Loy, it is picturised on the Bachchan trio – Amitabh, Abhishek and Aishwarya. Sung by Alisha Chinoy, Shankar Mahadevan and Javed Ali, this song was played in all the discos, paan kiosks, rickshaws and homes.

7. Yeh kali kali aankhen – Bazigar (1993)
Written by Dev Kohli and composed by Anu Malik, this dance number was on the list of almost every stage show. This song fetched its singer, Kumar Sanu, his fourth consecutive Filmfare Award for the best singer category.

8. Kali ghata chhaye mora jiya – Sujata (1959)
A beautiful composition by S.D. Burman, a song of black clouds, romance and love will steal your heart away. The rumble of the black clouds creates a flutter in our love-filled hearts, just like the heroine’s!

9. Kaala chashma – Baar Baar Dekho (2016)
This peppy club song which is recreated by Badshah makes you want to get up and dance your way through the night. Even if you don’t understand the lyrics, the music will surely give you the needed push!

10. Ratiya kali kali ratiya – Parineeta (2005)
Music played an important role in this movie. This song is composed by Shantanu Moitra and lyrics are by Swanand Kirkire. He also lends his voice for the first few lines while the entire song is sung by Chitra.

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