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Maharashtra Day: 5 songs that celebrate the state

As Maharashtra celebrates its foundation day, we present five Marathi songs from the new millennium that speak about its greatness.

Keyur Seta

The world celebrates International Labour Day on 1 May. Alongside, the state of Maharashtra observes Maharashtra Day as it was on this day in 1960 that it was formed after the bilingual state of Bombay was divided into two, the other being Gujarat.

Marathi films have often spoken of the greatness and history of Maharashtra through song. Although there are a large number of such tracks, let’s look at the prominent ones from films released in the past decade. 

'O Raje' – Mee Shivajeraje Bhosale Boltoy (2009)

Mahesh Manjrekar’s Mee Shivajiraje Bhosale Boltoy spoke about the problems faced by Marathi-speaking people in Mumbai. The film is also known for this song on the great hero of Maharastra, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. It’s a powerful track sung by Sukhwinder Singh. The film had Sachin Khedekar playing the protagonist whose life changes after the spirit of Shivaji, played by Manjrekar, returns to inspire him. Shades of Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006) there. 

'Powada' – Balkadu (2015)

The theme of Balkadu was similar to that of Mee Shivajiraje Bhosale Boltoy. The film was about an ordinary school teacher (Umesh Kamat) who gets extraordinary powers after hearing the voice of the late Bal Thackeray, founder of the Shiv Sena, who guides him in making Mumbai better. The ‘Powada’ song narrates the heroics of Shivaji and his army in safeguarding Maharashtra. There is some unintentional hilarity though due to the situation. 

'Ti Talwar' – Baghtos Kay Muzra Kar! (2017) 

Hemant Dhome’s Baghtos Kay Muzra Kar! narrates the struggle of three enthusiastic youngsters (played by Jitendra Joshi, Aniket Vishwasrao and Akshay Tanksale) in bringing back Shivaji’s sword from London. ‘Ti Talwar’ not only speaks of Shivaji’s greatness but also gives Joshi’s character the idea of bringing back his sword. Sung by Adarsh Shinde, the song features Shreyas Talpade in a guest appearance. 

'Jai Jai Maharashtra Mazha' – Avadhoot Gupte single 

This song encourages residents of Maharashtra to be proud of the state. But there is a twist. Though a Marathi song, it has a smattering of Hindi too. Not everyone who lives in Maharashtra has Marathi as their mother tongue. But they, too, belong to the state by virtue of having lived here, sometimes for decades. The song is sung by Avadhoot Gupte and Urmila Matondkar and Vivek Oberoi appear in the video. This is a remixed version of the classic song originally written by Raja Badhe, composed by Shrinivas Khale and sung by Krishnarao Sable, popularly known as Shahir Sable.

Maharashtra Desha – (single) 

Mithila Palkar has starred in web series like Girl In The City and Little Things and is known for her work in various short videos. She also played a part in the Kangana Ranaut-starrer Katti Batti (2015). Palkar turned singer with the single 'Maharashtra Desha'. The song, which is a remixed version of the poem by Govindagraj aka Ram Ganesh Gadkari was released recently, and went viral, winning accolades. The video tackles the theme of drought in Maharashtra. Palkar is ably supported by the male singer, Gandhaar.