The entire country is celebrating Janmashtami, the birth ceremony of Lord Krishna, today. As part of the festivities, dahi handi is celebrated, especially across Maharashtra. Clay pots with curd, butter, and money are hung high up on the top and local residents make human pyramids and compete to break the pot. It is said that Lord Krishna as a child would form human pyramids along with his friends to steal butter from neighbourhood homes.
Thus dahi handi is celebrated to mark Lord Krishna’s childhood notoriety.
Read: Dahi Handi in Bollywood: From Shammi Kapoor to Hrithik and Sonakshi
Formation of the pyramid by ‘govindas’ has become an integral part of the Bollywood culture. Here, we track ten songs that show us how dahi handi has been captured over the years in films:
Govinda Aala Re (Bluffmaster, 1963): The song is featured in the yesteryear film bluffmaster and shows Shammi Kapoor breaking the pot. Shammi Kapoor can be seen belting out some of his signature moves in the song’s video. It is one of those rare black and white films to capture the dahi handi celebrations.