Bhojpuri Songs in India Today

Music from Bihar is more popular than ever before. There was a time when music from Bihar was non-existent. Bhojpuri songs have in the last few years been popularised thanks to the Indian film industry popularly known as Bollywood. Bhojpuri is a language spoken not only in the states of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh but also regions of Nepal, Mauritius and also parts of the Caribbean. It was considered as a language of the villages and spoken by the poor people. But in recent years, the people of Bihar are shedding the down trodden feel of Bhojpuri and adopting the language as their very own. Speaking this language is no longer considered as backward.

Hindi movies have introduced Bhojpuri item songs like “Munni badnam hui” and “Mai aai hu UP Bihar lootne”. This has made the movies attractive to the masses of the Bhojpuri regions. In addition, it does spice up the film and attracts many people just to watch the videos. Interestingly these videos do attract large crowds and hence act as crowd pullers as far as Hindi movies are concerned. Hence more Hindi movie directors and producers are considering adding a Bhojpuri song in the films similar to adding a Bhangra (Punjabi song) to make it more attractive.

Many Bhojpuri singers are too taking up singing Bhojpuri songs for Hindi movies as compared to just singing for albums. Bhojpuri Playback Singers include; Manoj Tiwari, Dinesh lal Yadav’nirahua’, Bharat Sharma, Pawan Singh, Radhe Shyam, Udit Narayan, Sharada Sinha, Manoj Tiwari, Kalpana Patowary, Guddu Rangeela and many other rising stars from the Bhojpuri world. Out of these singers, Manoj Tiwari and Sharda Sinha are most famous. Single handed they have taken the Bhojpuri language and propelled it to great heights. Kalpana Patowary another Bhojpuri singer, although being from the state of Assam she has taken up singing Bhojpuri songs and have excelled in it. She is so famous in Bihar for music that she is considered as the queen of Bhojpuri music. Singing in Bhojpuri is no longer taboo.

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