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Today is the day when the annual celebration of the birth of Lord Krishna, the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu, is celebrated by Hindus. It normally falls on the eighth day of the Krishna Paksha of the month of Sravan (August or September in English) per Hindu Calendar. All over there are festivities depicting the life of Krishna, his antics as a child, his ras-lilas, matki phod or dahi handi showing his mischevious nature are performed. I don’t think I have been to a Matki Phod celebration in a long time. It is such a fun event bringing out the child in every adult. (More about the festival here)

Here is a beautiful melody that shows the entire Matki Phod event. You will see what I mean. This is from the 1963 hit Hindi film Bluff Master Sung by Mohd. Rafi. Music composed by Kalyanji - Anandji and Lyrics penned by Rajinder Krishan. Over a period of time there have been several songs and movies made in Indian Cinema around Janmashtami or Lord Krishna. The reason I picked this is because of the lead actor Shammi Kapoor. I believe he fits the Krishna persona very perfectly meaning the naughtiness, childish pranks, the romantic and the model hero - all qualities reflecting in the roles that Shammi Kapoor played. Enjoy the song on this event and re-live the childhood of Lord Krishna.



Lyrics in Romanized Hindi:

Govinda Aala Re, Aala, Zara Matki Sambhaal Brij Baala
Govinda Aala Re, Aala, Zara Matki Sambhaal Brij Baala
Aray Ek Do Teen Char, Sang Paanchh Chhe Saath He Gwala
Aray Ek Do Teen Char, Sang Paanchh Chhe Saath He Gwala
Govinda Aala Re, Aala, Zara Matki Sambhaal Brij Baala

O Aai Makhan Ke Choro Ki Sena, O Aai Makhan Ke Choro Ki Sena
O Zara Bachke Sambhal Ke Ji Rehna, O Zara Bachke Sambhal Ke Ji Rehna
Badi Natkhat Hai Fauj Kahin Aayi Jo Mauj, Badi Natkhat Hai Fauj Kahin Aayi Jo Mauj
Nahi Bachane Kaa, Nahi Bachane Kaa Koi Bhi Taala Taalaa
Govinda Aala Re, Aala, Zara Matki Sambhaal Brij Baala
Govinda Aala Re, Aala, Zara Matki Sambhaal Brij Baala

O Kaise Nikli Hai Jumke Ye Tolli, O Kaise Nikli Hai Jumke Ye Tolli
Aaj Khelengi Dudh Se Ye Holi, Aaj Khelengi Dudh Se Ye Holi
Bhige Kitna Bhi Ang Thandi Ho Na Umang, Bhige Kitna Bhi Ang Thandi Ho Na Umang
Pade Inse, Pade Inse Kisi Ka Na Paala Paala

Govinda Aala Re, Aala, Zara Matki Sambhaal Brij Baala
Govinda Aala Re, Aala, Zara Matki Sambhaal Brij Baala
Aray Ek Do Teen Char, Sang Paanchh Chhe Saath He Gwala
Aray Ek Do Teen Char, Sang Paanchh Chhe Saath He Gwala
Govinda Aala Re, Aala, Zara Matki Sambhaal Brij Baala

Aray Ek Do Teen Char, Sang Paanchh Chhe Saath He Gwala
Govinda Aala Re, Aala, Zara Matki Sambhaal Brij Baala
Govinda Aala Re, Aala, Zara Matki Sambhaal Brij Baala
Aala Re, Aala, Zara Matki Sambhaal Brij Baala
Aala Re Aala

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