Krishna Janmashtami is an annual Hindu festival that celebrates the birth of Shri Krishna, the eighth avatar of Vishnu. Hindus celebrate Janmashtami by fasting, singing, praying together, preparing and sharing special food, night vigils and visiting Krishna or Vishnu temples.

On this auspicious occasion, we are remembering Shri Krishna with this beautiful song (in the form of Qawali). This Song addresses Krishna by his name Kanhaiya as an absent lover.

The song is in the style of a loving complaint to the beloved, sung with great panache and yet loving delicacy by the immaculate performers that Farid Ayaz, Abu Muhammed and their party are.

कन्‍हैया बोलो याद भी है कुछ हमारी,
कहूं क्‍या तेरे भूलने के मैं वारी
बिनती मैं कर कर पमना से पूछी
पल पल की खबर तिहारी
पैंया परीं महादेव के जाके
टोना भी करके मैं हारी
कन्‍हैया याद है कुछ भी हमारी
खाक परो लोगो इस ब्‍याहने पर
अच्‍छी मैं रहती कंवारी
मैका में हिल मिल रहती थी सुख से
फिरती थी क्‍यों मारी मारी ।
कन्‍हैया कन्‍हैया ।।

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Sarim Ashrafi

Author: Sarim Ashrafi

Sarim Ashrafi is a student of Mass Communication at Aligarh Muslim University. He works with Karvaan India as a web and graphic designer. He can be reached at @saaaarimashrafi on Instagram.