Every year, the festival of Karwa Chauth is celebrated with much zest and enthusiasm across India and especially the northern part of the country. All the married ladies fast from sunrise to moonrise and pray for the good health and long life of their husband. Even unmarried girls observe fast and pray for a good match in marriage. Moon plays a significant part in this ritual as the fast is broken by seeing the rising moon through a sieve and only then the lady eats food and drinks water.
Moon signifies calmness, beauty and love and these are the qualities that the woman wants in her husband (even husband to be). It is also said that the moon is blessed with long life and hence women worship him to provide that kind of long life to the husbands.
Some say that since the moon is a part of Shiva’s tresses and resides on his forehead, the lord will fulfill the wish of life longevity for their beloved.
Whatever the reason behind the worship, moon holds a special place on this day. Let us glorify this celestial body on this occasion with some bollywood songs. Here we show how this moon is special for these ladies and in so many ways that it becomes a complete (human) being for them. The ladies are either talking to the moon or about the moon or simply singing and dancing in the moonlight.
1. Mora Gora Ang Lai Le – Bandini (1963)
This beautiful Lata Mangeshkar song is composed by S.D. Burman and marks the debut of lyricist Gulzar with this particular song. It features Nutan who is seen talking to the moon and telling him (like a friend) to take her fair complexion and give her the colour of the dusk so that she can be together with her love in the dark night.
2. Tu Chanda Main Chandani – Reshma Aur Shera (1971)
A Jaidev composition, the song is sung by Lata Mangeshkar and the lyrics are by Balkavi Bairagi. It is featured on Waheeda Rehman and Sunil Dutt. Here, the heroine is telling her beau that he is her moon and she is the moonlight and so they are inseparable from each other.
3. Gali Mein Aaj Chand Nikla – Zakhm (1998)
When the beloved visits after a long time, when the girl had almost lost hopes of seeing him ever, he enters the house leaving her with mixed feelings. She tells it through this song saying that it has been so long that the moon has finally descended in the lanes of her heart. It is sung by Alka Yagnik and the music is composed by M.M.Kreem while the lyrics are by Anand Bakshi.
4. Tera Mera Pyar Amar – Asli Naqli (1962)
Here the heroine is talking to the moon as if confessing all her feelings of fear to him. She says that she knows that the love between her and her beloved is true and eternal and still there is an unknown fear that lingers on at the back of her mind. This beautiful song is written by Hasrat Jaipuri and is composed by Shankar-Jaikishan. It is sung by Lata Mangeshkar.
5. Woh Chand Khila – Anari (1959)
Another song featured on Nutan, it is composed by Shankar-Jaikishan and lyrics are penned by Shailendra. The song is majorly sung by Lata Mangeshkar while Mukesh has just few lines in between which enhance the song beautifully even visually. Here, the lady is teasing the hero by saying that the moon is full and the sky is twinkling with stars and he is a simpleton as he is not able to get any hint as to what should be done next.
6. Chanda O Chanda – Lakhon Mein Ek (1971)
Here, the plight of the heroine is same as the moon. They both have become sleepless and stay awake the entire night. The song is sung by Lata Mangeshkar and the music is by R.D. Burman.
7. Raat Ka Sama Jhoome Chandrama – Ziddi (1964)
The candid expressions of a young girl are expressed in this song. The night is young, the moon is swaying its light and the heroine is dazzling and dancing like a lightning. This dance number is featured on Asha Parekh and is sung by Lata Mangeshkar. The music is composed by S.D.Burman.
8. More Piya – Devdas (2002)
The moon is wrapped up in the night’s arms and the lovers’ are in each others’ embrace, bathing in that divine light; not caring about anything else. The song is sung by Shreya Ghoshal and Jaspinder Narula while the music is given by Ismail Darbar and the lyrics are by Sameer.