Marathi is the language of Maharashtrians and is famous for its Natya Sangeet, numerous folk songs and its great saint poets. Marathi Music and songs depict the rich heritage of history and traditions and culture of the people of Maharashtra. Every festive occasion is accompanied by song, music and dance and a variety of these songs are listed under categories such as devotional songs, folk songs, prayers, movie songs, popular songs, old songs and new songs.
There are many types of Marathi folk songs like the Koli songs, Aarti songs, Stotras, Kathas etc., which evolved from the rural Maharashtra. These different folk songs are performed during festive occasions, representing their culture and merry-making. Maharashtra has been famous for its melodious and vibrant music and Marathi devotional songs are deeply rooted in the tradition and culture of India. These songs constitute of simple lyrics and a pure heavenly beat and are categorized into Marathi Aarti, Marathi Stotras and Marathi Kathas.
The topic of music of Maharashtra won’t complete without the mention Marathi and Hindi movie songs. The state is home to one of the largest film industries of the world and is also considered the oldest regional film industry. Marathi music industry has some of the brilliant talented composers, singers and lyricist who have contributed to Hindi and Marathi songs. The songs produced for the films are thus of the best quality and there’s a good mix of slow and tender music as well as the dance numbers and other fast music.
Some of the famous songs are from legendary singers like Asha Bhosle, Lata Mangeshkar, P.Susheela, Sadhana Sargam, Shreya Ghoshal, Usha Mangeshkar, Mohammed Rafi and many more. The most famous songs are Priye Paha, Jhuk Jhuk Jhuk Jhuk Aagin Gadi, Aali Haasat Pahili Raat, Kon Tuja Sam Sang, Gora Gora Mukhda, Devachiye Dwari Ubha Kshanabhari, Padada Lajecha Lajecha etc. With the passage of time the rhythm and beats of the songs have also changed and these old and new songs can be easily downloaded from the internet.