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Nagada Sang Dhol

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Recorded  AVA Studios, Mumbai
Length  4:33
Writer(s)  Siddharth-Garima
Genre  Filmi, Gujarat Folk
Label  Eros Now
Released  2 October 2013 (2013-10-02)

"Nagada Sang Dhol" is a Garba song from the 2013 hit Bollywood film, Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela. Composed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, the song is sung by Shreya Ghoshal and Osman Mir, with lyrics penned by Siddharth-Garima. The song features Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Supriya Pathak in the video.



Nagada Sang Dhol is recorded at AVA Studios in Mumbai. The song is mixed and mastered by Tanay Gajjar. The song is arranged and produced by Tubby-Parik. The song was choreographed by Samir & Arsh Tanna. The duo complimented Deepika Padukone for her efforts though she sustained major bruises and swellings on her feet while performing some heavy-duty dance steps. It was reported that the actress stuck to the routine and shot for the song on the allotted schedule sporting medical braces to relax her movements. The shooting of the song took ten days at an expensive set put up at Film City. Sanjay Leela Bhansali brought over traditional Garba dancers from Gujarat to teach the Garba in the traditional way to Padukone.


A promo of the song was uploaded on Eros Now YouTube page on 1 October 2013. The full audio song is released on 2 October 2013 along with other songs of the album. The number was released just in time for the Navratri festival that has Dandiya nights for nine days full of Garba dance. The song was available at iTunes the same day of release and for online streaming at Saavn on 7 October 2014 and at Gaana the following day.


The video of the song shows Deepika Padukone performing Gujarati traditional garba dance in a red lehenga choli. The song begins with a teary-eyed Deepika lighting up diyas and performing garba in a vengeance. The song video was highly praised for Padukone dancing skills and its Gujarati flavour.


Upon the release of the song, the song was compared for the similarities it had with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's "Dholi Taro Dhol Baaje" in Bhansali's 1999 superhit, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. According to critics the beats of both songs are identical and Deepika's ethnic look bears shades of Aishwarya's. The song, turned extremely popular among youth and garba lovers. It was reportedly heard playing during the entire Dandiya festival. Due to popularity and high demand, the singer of the song, Shreya Ghoshal performed this number in many of her concerts.

Critical reception

Apart from the folk music composition by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Shreya Ghoshal's rendition for the song is acclaimed. Critic Mohar Basu, reviewing the song for Koimoi, praised Ghoshal singing and its "charming" folk music and select it as her personal favourite. Critic Rajiv Vijayakar, reviewing for Bollywood Hungama, praised composition and "electrifying" vocals by Ghoshal and describe the songs as "piece-de-resistance" of the album. Critic Joginder Tuteja, reviewing for considered the song as the highlight of the album.


Nagada Sang Dhol Wikipedia