My ten favourite Krishna songs
Today is Krishna Janmasthami, Krishna’s birthday. Krishna is the most favourite of all the Hindu deities in Hindi films and is sung about in many ways. Today while discussing with Madhu on Facebook, I started listing some Krishna songs, which came into mind and thus this list happened. It was made in a hurry, so pardon any mistakes made.
1. aan milo aan milo – Devdas 
MD: S D Burman; Lyrics: Sahir; Singers: Geeta Dutt & Manna Dey
Longing for Krishna is a leitmotiv of many Krishna bhajans and in Bhakti tradition, which means the longing for the merging with the eternity. This has been used in many Hindi film songs to show the longing of a woman for her beloved like here Paro longs for her Devdas.
2. aaj sajan mohe ang laga lo – Pyaasa 
MD: S D Burman; Lyrics: Sahir; Singer: Geeta Dutt
Similar emotions as above, though stressing more on the unification with the eternal one and becoming pure once again. Guru Dutt has used this very beautifully in this scene, where the street-walker Gulabo deeply in love with the poet Vijay (Guru Dutt) feels this love, passion and gets transformed through it. For me this is one of the crucial moments in the film, where Gulabo (Waheeda Rehman) finds love. Vijay himself, in whose love she undergoes this transformation is still far away from it. He understands the futility of all much later, after he has gone through his death and resurrection and emerges triumphant in that he renounces fame, power and wealth.
5. manmohan man me – Kaise Kahoon 
MD: S D Burman; Lyrics: Shakeel Badayuni; Singers: Manna Dey, Suman Kalyanpur & Mohd. Rafi
The one who removes the thoughts from the mind is Manmohan. That is then deep meditation!
6. raina biti jaye, shyam na aaye – Amar Prem 
MD: R D Burman; Lyrics: Anand Bakshi; Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
Anand Bakshi plays with the words shyam making it mean both Krishna as wella s evening.
7. kaanhaa bole naa, kaanhaa bole naa – Sangat 
MD: Salil Chowdhury; Lyrics: Jaan Nisar Akhtar; Singers: Lata Mangeshkar & Manna Dey
Prakashchandra introduced me to this song in the bhajan list. Thank you Prakashji!
8. ae sakhi radhike banwari ho gayi – Jurmana 
MD: R D Burman; Lyrics: Anand Bakshi; Singer: Lata Mangeshkar, Manna Dey
Isn’t it sweet the way it says that Radha loses herself while searching for Shyam? She searches for him everywhere and also finding him in everything, she ceases to be herself!
So which are your favourite Krishna songs?
Enjoy the playlist here.