Music has the power to soothe your emotions. When you are sad, it will rejuvenate your mood; when you are happy, it will amplify your joy. Similarly, every nation has a particular type of music deeply rooted in its culture. It is not just a source of pleasure but also gives an exclusive regional identity to that country. Many genres came into existence due to their cultural significance. We would associate reggae with the Caribbean or Jazz with New Orleans.
With the world going through extensive globalization, it is expected that music from the corner of the world can easily be a hit in another part of the world. The Korean superstar Psy would never have thought that his composition ‘Gangnam Style’ would be played on every street from Kathmandu to Krakow. Despite the song being in Korean, that didn’t stop it from breaking records on YouTube. That’s the power of music for you.
Nepal has incorporated traditional folk songs with modern-day musical instruments to create some of the most beautiful songs. It is very much within the global music arena. The country has taken inspiration from music from different countries and fused it into its own. Bollywood is the most common source of inspiration. From movies to music, we can witness a very significant influence of Bollywood in Nepalese music. The similarities in culture, language, and choice of music make it easy to integrate.
One of the most typical Bollywood genres of music is item songs. They are mostly irrelevant to the movie plot and are catchy to every beat. The growth of its popularity has been felt across the globe. And Nepal wasn’t far behind and had its fair share of item songs throughout the years. The item songs opened a whole new world for the movies to have at least this kind of song that the audiences would genuinely love. Item songs have become essential for the success of a film. Here are the most popular item songs of Nepal:
Mero Choli Nai Choto Bhayo – Bhaihalchha Ni
Kina Kasalai – Ek Pal
Chori Lagya Chha – Action
Chhalak Chhalak – Dhuwani
Chopiyena Mero – Bindaas 2
Kasiyo Baisha Le Choli – Ke Ma Timro Hoina Ra
Nishani – Akaal
Nachana Maiya – Talkjung Vs Tulke
Funfuny – Senti Virus
Mero Choli – Star
Dil Ki Rani – Mission Kheladi
Don’t Touch – Mero Desh
Nachi Nachi Nakkali – Bouncer
Babulal – Safe Landing
Chameli – Lalteen
Nachne Nachaune – Shree 5 Ambare
Blast Hunewala Jawaani – Lootera
Choli – Fateko Jutta
Aja Ko Sam – Password
Thamel Bazaar – Loot 2
Kale Dai – Parva
Udhreko Choli – Loot
The trendsetter was the song ‘Udhreko Choli’ featuring Sushma Karki from the movie ‘Loot’ released in 2012. It gave enough reasons for moviemakers to get on the bandwagon and create upbeat item numbers for the masses.