Pune: People go to Ganesh mandals to see beautiful LED lights dancing to the beats of popular regional and Bollywood numbers besides offering 'darshan'. However, this year, popular English numbers like 'Cheap Thrills' are being played by Ganesh mandals in the city along with Marathi and Hindi songs.
After the 'Sonu' song became popular all over again after RJ Malishka used it to talk about the situation of roads in Mumbai, the song has become a rage in the Ganesh festival as well.
"Although we do not prefer playing English songs, there have been a few occasions where the public has asked for some English songs. As much as possible, we try to play only Marathi and Hindi songs. However, on a couple of occasions, we have played some English songs as well," a member of Jaydeep Mandal off Karve Road said.
Amit Kank, Vice President of Natubaug Ganesh Mandal, said, "We have one of the best LED decorations in the city and people not just from Pune, but also from Mumbai, Nashik, etc, come specially to see our lighting every year. 'Hothon mein aisi baat' from 'Jewel Thief' is one of our popular numbers that we have to play at least five to six times every day on public demand. Apart from that, 'Zingaat' from 'Sairaat', new regional songs like 'Ala Baburao', 'Shantabai', etc, are still asked for by the public and we are happy to play these for them."
Apart from these, famous Bollywood dance numbers, famous songs from Marathi films and albums, instrumentals like 'Relgaadi' continue to dazzle people at these Ganesh mandaps.