Happy Earth Day! Which Google doodle informed me of before Amitabh, very strange, Amitabh usually tells me everything. Anyway, rather than being all serious and doing songs about the environment, I want to be fun and do songs that use the word “Duniya” or “Mittee” or are otherwise “earthy” in content.
Starting with the song that taught me “Mittee”!!! Such a great word, my grandmother who grew up on farms always insisted that there was a difference between “dirt” and “soil”, and now I have the “soil” equivalent for Hindi.
And then the song that taught me “Duniya”! A much more common word in Hindi film songs. The “world” meaning of “earth”.
A more cheerful version of “Duniya”!
And then a new word courtesy of Aamir! “Dharti”! Means “earth” in the sort of “land beneath our feet” way.
“Dharti” again from Shahrukh, with a bonus “Des”, meaning “the land, the place, the home, the nation”.
And a really interesting song to end with, that uses “Des” again, and also tries to deal with “earth” meaning both the whole world (which Shahrukh serves through his job at Nasa) and the very particular place that calls to use as home, the soil under your feet and the people that belong to it.