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Radha kaise na jale

January 16, 2012

Meaning and Context:

This song from the movie Lagaan, recreates the magic of Maha Raas, originally enacted by Krishna on the full moon night of Sharad Poornima. All the young maidens of Krishna’s village were enchanted by the sublime beauty of his form and nature. Each one desired him as their own lover. Krishna, however, loved Radha and Radha alone. But he didn’t want gopis to feel let down on the beautiful full moon night, and so he took up multiple forms and danced with every gopi that night. The incident is recalled as the Maha Raas or Raas Leela and is celebrated on the full moon night of the Hindu month of Kartik.

In the movie, however, the scene takes place on the occasion of Janamashtami, the birthday of Krishna, which comes on the eighth day of the dark half of Hindu month of Saawan. The choreography is a mix of traditional Dandiya and classical dances. The Dandiya dance (dance of sticks) is essentially associated with this event of Maha Raas. The song is presented as a light-hearted duet, where Radha is jealous to see Krishna (or Kanha or Kanhaiya- his other names) always flirting the gopis, while Krishna tries to pacify her by reassuring his love for her.

Link to the song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NBcJlwENFs

Lyrics to the song:

Radha:
Madhuban mein jo Kanhaiya kisi gopi se mile
Kabhi muskaaye, kabhi chhede, kabhi baat kare
Radha kaise na jale?
Radha kaise na jale?
Aag tan mann mein lage
Radha kaise na jale?
Radha kaise na jale?

Krishna:
Madhuban mein bhale Kaanha kisi gopi se mile
Mann mein to Radha ke hi prem ke hain phool khile
Kis liye Radha jale?
Kis liye Radha jale?
Bina soche samjhe
Kis liye Radha jale?
Kis liye Radha jale?

Krishna:
O, gopiyaan taarein hain, chaand hai Radha
Phir kyoon hai usko biswaas aadha?

Radha:
Kaanhaji ka jo sadaa idhar udhar dhyaan rahe
Radha bechaari ko phir apne pe kya maan rahe?

Krishna:
Gopiyaan aani jaani hain,
Radha to mann ki rani hai
Saanjh sakhaare, Jamna kinaare
Radha Radha hi Kaanha pukaare

Radha:
Baahon ke haar jo daale koi Kaanha ke gale
Radha kaise na jale?

Radha:
Mann mein hai Radhe ko Kaanha jo basaaye
To Kaanha kaahe ko usse na bataaye?

Krishna:
Prem ki apni alag boli, alag bhaasa hai
Baat nainon se ho Kaanha ki yahi aasa hai

Radha:
Kaanha ke yeh jo naina hain
Chheene gopiyon ke chaina hain
Mili najariya, hui baawariya
Gori gori si koi gujariya

Krishna:
Kaanha ka pyaar kisi gopi ke mann mein jo pale
Kis liye Radha jale, Radha jale, Radha jale?

Radha:
Radha kaise na jale?

Line by line translation:

Radha:
When Kanhaiya meets gopis in flower gardens
And he smiles, and teases, and talks to them
How should Radha not be jealous?
How should Radha not be jealous?
It burns her mind and body
How should Radha not be jealous?
How should Radha not be jealous?

Krishna:
Even if Kaanha meets gopis in flower gardens
In his heart only the flower of Radha blossoms
Why should Radha be jealous?
Why should Radha be jealous?
Without thinking and understanding
Why should Radha be jealous?
Why should Radha be jealous?

Krishna:
Gopis are stars, moon is Radha
Then why does her trust wane?

Radha:
When Kanha is always looking here and there
How will poor Radha take pride in herself?

Krishna:
Gopis will come and go, Radha is the queen of heart
In the evening, my friend, on Yamuna’s bank
‘Radha-Radha’ Kanha calls out

Radha:
When they garland your neck with their arms
How should Radha not be jealous?

Radha:
If Krishna keeps Radha in his heart
Then why doesn’t he ever tell her?

Krishna:
Love has its own tongue, its own language
Kanha hopes the talking is done through eyes

Radha:
These eyes of Kanha
Take away the peace of gopis
If the eyes meet, they lose their mind
These pretty maidens

Krishna:
If love for Kanha resides in some gopi’s heart
Why should Radha be jealous?

Radha:
How should Radha not be jealous?

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