Thursday, August 9, 2012

Oh Krishna You Are The Greatest Musician ... *Janmashtami Special*

Happy Janmashtami! It's the time of year when us Hindus celebrate the birth of Lord Krishna - the dark-skinned (NOT SKY BLUE), lotus-eyed, flute playing incarnation of Vishnu. I can't help but love all things related to Krishna. First of all when I was growing up we spent a lot of time at ISKCON temples hanging out with the Hare Krishnas, dancing and singing kirtan. Secondly, my mom was always like a teenager in love with Krishna. I seriously think she might be a reincarnation of Meerabai or something.

Anyway, to celebrate I compiled a playlist of my personal favorite Krishna-themed songs from Hindi films. Check them out if you get a chance, they range from the sublime ("Shyam Teri Bansi" from Geet Gata Chal) to the ridiculous ("O Krishna You Are The Greatest Musician" from Meera Ka Mohan -- seriously, watch it!).


Here's a few Tamil songs about Krishna that I could think of off the top of my head:

Did I miss your favorite? Let me know! And Happy Birthday Lord Krishna!


  1. There's this tamil song called enna thavam.
    mind numbingly beautiful does not cover it.

    I had to read up on the meaning of the words.

    i like the version from the malayalam movie thilakam. haven't heard any other version to make a comparo.

    If you needed one song to make your day - you found it.


  2. Hi there!

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    Nadine Biss

    1. Nadine, would be happy to speak with you! You can email me or contact me via twitter anytime. :-)

  3. Ravi - thanks for your comment! I love the song Enna Thavam - it's a very well known Carnatic song composed by Papanasam Sivan in one of my favorite raagams (Kaapi). I haven't heard the version from Thilakam but will look it up. They had an excerpt of it in a song from the Tamil movie Parthiban Kanavu too. I danced to the Carnatic version by Sudha Raghunathan years ago. One of my favorite classical songs for sure.