Epitome of Radha Krishna love through a timeless classic

Nikhil Ghosh Bharat Vyas Geeta Dutt

The Radha-Krishna amour is a love legend of all times. It’s indeed hard to miss the many legends and paintings illustrating Krishna’s love affairs, of which the Radha-Krishna affair is the most memorable. Krishna’s relationship with Radha, his favorite among the ‘gopis’ (cow-herding maidens), has served as a model for male and female love in a variety of art forms, and since the sixteenth century appears prominently as a motif in North Indian paintings. The allegorical love of Radha has found expression in some great Bengali poetical works of Govinda Das, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, and Jayadeva the author of Geet Govinda.

Krishna’s youthful dalliances with the ‘gopis’ are interpreted as symbolic of the loving interplay between God and the human soul. Radha’s utterly rapturous love for Krishna and their relationship is often interpreted as the quest for union with the divine. This kind of love is of the highest form of devotion in Vaishnavism, and is symbolically represented as the bond between the wife and husband or beloved and lover.

Radha, daughter of Vrishabhanu, was the mistress of Krishna during that period of his life when he lived among the cowherds of Vrindavan. Since childhood they were close to each other – they played, they danced, they fought, they grew up together and wanted to be together forever, but the world pulled them apart. He departed to safeguard the virtues of truth, and she waited for him. He vanquished his enemies, became the king, and came to be worshipped as a lord of the universe. She waited for him. He married Rukmini and Satyabhama, raised a family, fought the great war of Ayodhya, and she still waited. So great was Radha’s love for Krishna that even today her name is uttered whenever Krishna is refered to, and Krishna worship is though to be incomplete without the deification of Radha.

One day the two most talked about lovers come together for a final single meeting. Suradasa in his Radha-Krishna lyrics relates the various amorous delights of the union of Radha and Krishna in this ceremonious ‘Gandharva’ form of their wedding in front of five hundred and sixty million people of Vraj and all the gods and goddesses of heaven. The sage Vyasa refers to this as the ‘Rasa’. Age after age, this evergreen love theme has engrossed poets, painters, musicians and all Krishna devotees alike.

More than fifty years ago, veteran musician composer Pandit Nikhil Ghosh, lyricist Pandit Bharat Vyas and young singer Geeta Roy came together to weave the magic of Radha – Krishna bhakti through a wonderful non-film Hindi song. The song is “Jamuna ke teer kaanhaa aao, ro ro pukaare Raadha, meethi meethi bansiyaa bajaao..”

The song was released on the HMV label number N88024. Here is the scanned image of the same

Scanned image


Jamuna ke teer kanha aao
ro ro pukare radha
mithi mithi bansiya bajao

Gaiya pukare tohen gwal pukare
bhul gayen kyun hume nand dulare
yasoda ke laal hume pyara pyara mukhada dikhao

Kadam ki chhaiyan gale mein baiyan
dale hum dolte thein
Lapak jhapak kar laaj bhara mera
ghunghat tum kholte the
Maakhan churaane wale
chori chori man ko na churaao

Jamuna ke teer kanha aao..

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Information on Radha – Krishna taken from http://hinduism.about.com/od/scripturesepics/a/lovelegends_4.htm

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