Janamashtami is the celebration of the birth of our beloved Shri Krishna, the irresistible God who embodies the playfulness and innocence of Bal Gopal, the passionate romance of the cowherd Gopal, and the boundless devotion of the devotees for whom Krishna is the ultimate saviour.
Janamashtami is celebrated across India in several unique ways, each approach full of abundant festivity and fun.
My earliest memories of Janamashtami are pulling out mother’s brightest saris to make a jhoola for the infant Krishna.
Growing up in the northernmost part of India, in Kashmir; separated from Mathura by mountains and rivers, my Krishna was all about songs and stories.
The jhoola making was complicated for the small hands but the songs playing on Akashwani made everything easy.
The wait from one song to next was thrilling, each new song greeted by dance or an imaginary bansuri playing.
The Krishna in my head was often a mix of Mohd Rafi’s wisdom and Lata Mangeshkar’s description. Many years down the line, my Janamashtami is still incomplete without a potpourri of Bollywood songs.
I am sharing 25 of my favorite Bollywood Krishna songs which are a blend of love and devotion, innocence and virtue, as also mischief and plain dhamaal!
I have set the songs chronologically (old songs to new), and in doing so, the mood of the songs moves naturally from soft and melodious, to energetic and entertaining.
Hope you enjoy the songs as much as I loved making the playlist.
Na Bole Na Bole Na Bole Re
This sweet and melodious song in the voice of Lata Mangeshkar describes the lover’s tiff between Radha and Krishna.
Radha is upset with Krishna and not talking to him which makes Krishna restless. The lyrics of the song effectively describe the whole situation between them and the ways in which she can be pleased.
A melodious Hindi Bollywood song from 1955 for your Krishna Janmashtami song Playlist.
- Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
- Music: Chitalkar Ramchandra
- Lyrics: Rajendar Krishan
- Film: Azaad, 1955
- Starring: Dilip Kumar, Meena Kumari, Pran, Raj Mehra, Shammi, Om Prakesh, Sai, Subbalaxmi
Brindavan Ka Krishna Kanhaiya
The popularity of Krishna among people of Vrindavan is clear from the lyrics of this song. It describes that Krishna is so admired and loved by everyone that it makes Radha envious.
The magical music of his flute mesmerizes every listener.
- Movie: Miss Mary (1957)
- Singer: Mohd.Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar
- Lyrics: Rajendra Krishna
- Music Director: Hemant Kumar
- Director: Prasad
- Starring Meena Kumari, Gemini Ganesan, Kishore Kumar, Jamuna, Achala Sachdev, Om Prakash, Shivraj.
- Label: Shemaroo Filmi Gaane
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Mohe Paghat Pe Nandlal Ched Gayo Re
Remember the iconic Mohe Panghat Pe Nandlal Chhed Gayo Re from K Asif’s Mughal-e-Azam?
Everything about this song, including lyrics, composition, voice, picturization is stupendous. Graceful dance moves and expressions of beautiful Madhu Bala are extraordinary in this song.
The song cites an incident where Nandlal or Krishna has been playfully teasing his beloved Radha which she is complaining about.
‘Mohe Panghat Pe Nandlal Chhed Gayo Re..’ is an extremely popular song from the superhit movie Mughal-E-Azam.
Krishna lore has inspired many great film songs and Mohe Paghat Pe Nandlal Ched Gayo Re is a melodious song that should feature in your Krishna Janmashtami song Playlist.
- Movie : Mughal-E-Azam
- Music Director: Naushad
- Singers: Lata Mangeshkar
- Director: K. Asif
- Starring Prithviraj Kapoor, Dilip Kumar, Madhubala, Durga Khote and Ajit
- Music Label: Shemaroo
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Madhuban Mein Radhika Nache Re
It is one of the songs that the legendary actor Dilip Kumar liked particularly. He worked hard on his hand movements to appear natural on screen as it was being picturized on him.
The combination of Mohammed Rafi’s voice, Shakeel Badayuni’s lyrics, and Naushad’s music has created a classic, timeless masterpiece.
If you are making your Krishna Janmashtami song Playlist from Bollywood then I would highly recommend this song.
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- Song: Madhuban Mein Radhika Nache Re
- Album: Kohinoor
- Artist: Mohammed Rafi
- Music Director: Naushad
- Lyricist: Shakeel Badayuni
- Film Star: Dilip Kumar, Meena Kumari, M. Jeevan, Kumkum, Leela Chitnis, Mukri
- Director: S.U.Sunny
- Label:: Saregama India Ltd.
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Mora Gora Ang Laile
My person favourite melodious Bollywood Hindi Song.
This song from the movie ‘Bandini’, established Gulzar as a lyricist in Bollywood. In the movie, the female protagonist Kalyani remembers a conversation she overheard about Radha.
According to that conversation, Radha dressed in dark coloured clothes, wore dark bangles and put kohl in her eyes so that she can go to meet her beloved Krishna at night without being spotted.
Kalyani imagines herself in Radha’s place and ask the moon to turn her dusky, taking away her fairness in return so that she can stealthily meet her lover at night.
The lyrics of the song have romantic and sensual undertones.
Cloaked in Vaishnav poetry, is Mora gora ang lai le, which should feature in your Krishna Janmashtami song Playlist from Bollywood
- Movie- Bandini
- Released- 1963
- Singer- Lata Mangeshkar
- Lyrics- Gulzar
- Music- SD Burman
- Music label: Shemaroo Filmi Gaane
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Govinda Aala Re Aala
Dahi Handi is an important part of Janmashtami celebrations. Krishna used to go around places in the neighbourhood with his friends to steal butter from Handi/Matka.
That is recreated on Janmashtami by the groups of youngsters.
There is happiness, joy, and excitement among the people, especially among the young men who are eager to win the prize.
For the Dahi Handi dhamal add this song to your Krishna Janmashtami song Playlist from Bollywood.
- Movie: Bluff Master (1963)
- Music Director: Kalyanji Anandji
- Singer: Mohammed Rafi
- Director: Manmohan Desai
- Starring Shammi Kapoor, Saira Banu, Pran, Lalita Pawar, and Mohan Choti.
- Music Label: Shemaroo
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Badi der Bhayi Nandlala
Add this song to your Krishna Janmashtami song Playlist as this song is an ode to Krishna where his beloved or devotees are waiting for him to arrive.
Literally, the song is about Radha waiting for Krishna but the song has some metaphorical undertones that become clear after a few lines.
It is not just Radha or Brijbala who is waiting for Krishna but many other people too who want him to arrive and save everyone.
- Film : Khandan
- Song : Badi Der Bhai Nandlala
- Singer : Mohd. Rafi
- Music Director : Ravi
- Lyricist : Rajinder Krishan
- Starcast : Sunil Dutt, Nutan, Pran, Mumtaz, Sudesh Kumar, Manmohan Krishan, Lalita Pawar, Om Prakash
- Music Label: Saregama Bhakti
Govind Bolo Hari Gopal Bolo
Govind Bolo Hari Gopal Bolo sounds more like a bhajan than a movie song. It is a devotional song in honour of Lord Krishna.
The words in the song make you feel like surrendering to the almighty. Repetition of ‘Govind Bolo Hari Gopal Bolo’ and ‘Jai Jai Shyam, Radhey Shyam’ like a mantra add to the effect that this song makes on the listeners.
Have you added this song to your Krishna Janmashtami song Playlist?
- Movie- Johny Mera Naam
- Released- 1970
- Singer- Lata Mangeshkar
- Lyrics- Indeevar
- Music- Kalyanji- Anandji
- Music label:
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Bada Natkhat Hai Re Krishna Kanhaiya
This song from the evergreen movie ‘Amar Prem’ portrays the beautiful relationship between Krishna and Yashoda.
It makes you realise the bond between the lead female character of the movie and the child who is not her own.
Krishna’s childhood and playfulness is depicted in the song that fit both Lord Krishna and the child in the song.
For R.D. Burman fans, I would recommend this song for their Krishna Janmashtami song Playlist.
- Film: Amar Prem
- Song: Bada Natkhat Hai Yeh
- Artist: Lata Mangeshkar
- Music Director: R.D.Burman
- Lyricist: Anand Bakshi
- Filmstar: Rajesh Khanna,Sharmila Tagore,Sujit Kumar,Bindu,Madan Puri,Abhi Bhattacharya,Leela Mishra,Asit Sen
- Director: Shakti Samanta
- Music Label: Saregama Music
Shyam Teri Bansi Pukare
Shyam or Lord Krishna has been popular among children, youngsters, old, males and females alike.
It was not just one person he loved, he loved everyone who loved him.
This song talks about the love that exists between Radha and Shyam, and Meera and Shyam.
This song should feature in Krishna Janmashtami songs list as this song emphasizes the belief that he belongs to every person who belongs to him.
- Devotional Hindi song: Shyam Teri Bansi Pukare
- Movie: Geet Gaata Chal (1975)
- Starring: Sachin, Sarika, Madan Puri, Padma Khanna, Leela Mishra
- Director: Hiren Nag
- Music & lyrics: Ravindra Jain.
- Singer: Aarti Mukherji & Jaspal Singh
- Music Label: Rajshri Productions
Yashomati Maiya Se Bole Nand Lala
A lovely conversation between NandLala and Maiya, is what this song is all about. Nand Lala asks his mother why does Radha have fair complexion and why he is dark.
Maiya, being the mother, consoles her child giving him various reasons for his dark complexion.
Melodious voice of Lata Mangeshkar and simple lyrics makes it a very popular devotional song and is a great addition to your Krishna Janmashtami melodious Hindi Bollywood songs & Bhajans.
- Movie : Satyam Shivam Sundaram (1978)
- Music Director: Laxmikant-Pyarelal
- Singers: Lata Mangeshkar, Manna Dey
- Director: Raj Kapoor
- Music label: Shemaroo
- Starring Shashi Kapoor and Zeenat Aman.
Mere To Girdhar Gopal
This soulful bhajan is something that has the power to make you experience attachment and detachment at the same time. In this bhajan, Meera is declaring that it is Girdhar Gopal who is hers, nobody else.
Despite her marriage into a royal family, Meera had been devoted to Lord Krishna since childhood and accepted only him to be her husband.
I am sure most of you must be already having this melodious Hindi Bollywood Bhajan in your playlist.
- Movie: Meera
- Music Director: Pt. Ravi Shankar
- Singers: Vani Jairam
- Director: Gulzar
- Music label: Shemaroo Filmi Gaane
Mach Gaya Shor Sari Nagri Re
This is another Bollywood song that revolves around the Dahi-Handi event of Janmashtmi.
The fun and enthusiasm of Dahi Handi is the essence of this song. In the song, men are telling women to be careful about their ‘Gagri’ (earthen pot containing butter and buttermilk).
All Amitabh Bachan fans this song is for you to have ‘dhamaal’ this Janmashtami with this Hindi song on Krishna.
- Movie- Khuddar
- Released- 1982
- Singer- KIshore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar
Shor Mach Gaya Shor
‘Shor Mach Gaya Shor Dekho Aya Makhan Chor…’ is yet another song full of zeal and fervour of Dahi Handi on Janamashtmi celebrations.
Shatrughan Sinha, with a huge crowd, moves ahead towards the target which is Dahi handi and money.
Details of the activities that go on during this event are expressed in the song.
- Superhit song from Badla (1974)
- Starring Shatrughan Sinha, Moushumi Chatterjee, Johny Walker, Ajit, Mehmood, Bhagwan Dada
- Director: Vijay
- Music Director: Laxmikant Pyarelal
- Singer : Kishore Kumar
- Music Label: Ultra Bollywood
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Krishna Krishna, Hai Krishna
This is a song in the form of a prayer for Lord Krishna, welcoming and praising him. It can be used very aptly in religious gatherings and functions considering the choice of words and the way it has been sung.
- Movie- Kishen Kanhaiya
- Released- 1990
- Singer- Lata Mangeshkar, Nitin Mukesh
- Director: Rakesh Roshan
- Producer: Rakesh Roshan
- Starring Anil Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit, Shilpa Shirodka, Vikas Anand, Amrish puri, Bindu, Dinesh Hingoo, Kader Khan, Shobha Khote, Sujit
- Lyrics: Indivar
- Music: Rajesh Roshan
- Music label: Venus
Mohe Chedo Na Nad Ke lala
‘Mohe Chhedo Na Nand Ke Lala, ke main hun brijbala nahi main radha teri..’
A melodious song from the superhit movie ‘Lamhe’, has the elements of love, devotion, and admiration along with a tinge of fun.
The song has been beautifully picturized on Sridevi who has done justice to the emotions behind the song.
A melodious Hindi Bollywood song from 1991 for your Krishna Janmashtami song Playlist.
- Song: Mohe Chhedo Na
- Movie- Lamhe
- Released- 1991
- Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
- Music: Shiv-Hari
- Lyrics: Anand Bakshi
- Music label: YRF
Aala Re Aala Govinda Aala
In the voices of Anuradha Paudwal, Amit Kumar and Shabbir Kumar, the song is full of enjoyment and fun of Janmashtami celebrations with a lot of dance and colours.
With its cheerful music it is a very suitable song for those who want to dance for Dahi Handi or for Janmashtami celebrations.
Have you added this song to your Bollywood Krishna Janmashtami, Dahi Handi song Playlist?
- Song: AALA RE AALA GOVINDA AALA
- Movie: Kaala Bazaar 1989
- Singer: ANURADHA PAUDWAL, AMIT KUMAR, SHABBIR KUMAR
- Music Director: RAJESH ROSHAN
- Lyricist: INDEEVAR
- Starring: Anil Kapoor, Jackie Shroff, Farha Naaz, Kimi Katkar, Kader Khan
- Music label: Gaane Sune Ansune
More Kanha Jo Aaye Palat Ke
A very soft and soothing song for Janamashtmi expressing the love of a devotee for her beloved Kanha. In the song, her desire to play Holi with Kanha when he returns is conveyed.
A melodious Hindi Bollywood song from Sardari Begum for your Krishna Janmashtami song Playlist.
- Song – More Kanha Jo Aaye
- Film – Sardari Begum
- Singer – Asha Bhosle
- Lyricist – Javed Akhtar
- Music Director – Vanraj Bhatia
- Artist – Kirron Kher, Amrish Puri, Rajat Kapoor, Saleem Ghaus, Smriti Mishra, Rajeshwari Sachdev, S. M. Zaheer
- Music On – T-Series
This song has been a part of so many dance performances in schools, weddings, and other functions.
With catchy lyrics, amazing dance moves, beautiful picturization, and voices of Kavita Krishnamurthy, Alka Yagnik, Anuradha Paudwal, this song became an instant favorite.
- Movie: Hum Saath Saath Hain
- Year: 1999
- Singers: Kavita Krishnamurthy, Alka Yagnik, Anuradha Paudwal
- Music: Raamlaxman
- Director: Sooraj R. Barjatya
- Music label: Bollywood Classics
Har Taraf Hai Yeh Shor
Vinod Rathod and Atul Kale have given their voices to this song that is full of the festive spirit of Janmashtami and Dahi-Handi.
The song has been localized with the use of local language in between along with Hindi.
I am sure most of you must be already having this melodious Hindi Bollywood Krishna Janmashtami song in your playlist.
- Song – Har Taraf Hai Ye Shor
- Movie – Vaastav: The Reality
- Artist – Sanjay Dutt, Namrta Shirodkar
- Singer – Vinod Rathod, Atul Kale
- Music – Jatin-Lalit
- Lyricist – Sameer
- Music Label – T-Series
Radha Kaise Na Jale
Starting with the sounds of bells and dandiya, this is a very soothing and melodious song sung by Asha Bhosle & Udit Narayan.
The song revolves around the conversation between Radha and Kanha where Radha is expressing her possessiveness for Kanha.
A melodious Hindi Bollywood song from 2001 for your Krishna Janmashtami song Playlist.
- Song Name – Radha Kaise Na Jale
- Movie – Lagaan
- Singer – Asha Bhosle & Udit Narayan
- Composer – A.R. Rahman
- Lyricist – Javed Akhtar
- Music Label – Sony Music Entertainment India Pvt. Ltd. Music label:
Woh Kisna Hai
A tribute to Kisna or Krishna, this song has been sung in the powerful and unique voice of Sukhwinder Singh. It is truly a treat to the ears.
The song emphasizes the virtues and qualities of Lord Krishna.
Woh hai rangila chail chabila
Woh hai natkhat woh jamunatat
Phere lagaye muralee bajaye,
Gopiyo ke sang ras rachaye
Muralee bajaiya ras rachaiya,
Shyam salona hai
- Song: Woh Kisna Hai
- Singers : Sukhwinder Singh, S.Shailja, Ismail Darbar & Ayesha Darbar
- Composers : Ismail Darbar
- Cast : Vivek Oberoi, Antonia Bernath, Isha Sharvani & Amrish Puri
- Director : Subhash Ghai
- Producer : Subhash Ghai
- Music Label: Zee Music Classic
Raadhey Krishn Ki Jyoti
Shreya Goshal’s sweet and melodious voice has done magic to this song. A devotee of Lord Krishna is eagerly expressing her love and devotion towards Krishna in simple but deep, beautiful words.
- Released- 2006
- Singer- Shreya Ghoshal
- Music label: Rajshri
Go Go Govinda
This song became famous for the duo Prabhu Deva and Sonakshi Sinha coming together and showing some great dance moves on screen. The song has catchy beats and music that would make you feel like grooving.
Do you have this Hindi Bollywood Krishna Janmashtami song in your playlist?
- Song: “Go Go Govinda”
- Singer: Shreya Ghoshal, Aman Trikha
- Movie: Oh My God
- Music Director: Himesh Reshammiya
- Music label: T-Series
A song that is all about Radha and her dance. The beats, music, lyrics and even the singing style is very much contemporary and Bollywood type. It is the kind of song the youngsters would love to listen and dance to.
I hope you enjoy this curated Playlist of Bollywood Songs and Bhajans for Krishna Janmashtami.
- Song: Radha Nachegi
- Singers: Ritu Pathak, Shabab Sabri & Danish Sabri
- Music: Sajid-Wajid
- Lyrics: Kausar Munir
- Additional Lyrics & Rap By: Danish Sabri
- All songs mixed & mastered by Eric Pillai (Future Sound of Bombay)
- Music Label: Eros Now
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