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Krishna Nee Begane Baro – Colonial Cousins

In Music, Poem on December 9, 2012 at 7:18 am

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The picture above is that of a Muslim offering Friday prayers in Egypt’s Tahrir Square. A daybreak sojourn in a standoff between Mubarak’s military and the citizens during Arab Spring’s defining moment.

India’s brand of secularism is facing extensive challenges. The three religions that have existed in harmony for centuries are wondering if there are new equations for co-existence.  There seems to be an uncouth political stimuli meddling with these equations and shaking the foundation of peace on which all the religions are founded on.

The Colonial Cousins powerhouse duo of Hariharan and Leslie Lewis, picked up a traditional Carnatic composition of Vyasaraya Tirtha in the raaga Yamuna Kalyani.  This song is in the Kannada language and it simply means “Krishna, please hurry and come my way”.  The pleading for Krishna’s intervention to help overcome life’s challenges, appears to be the last vestige of forgotten prayers for the modern world.

They have drawn on the traditions of all three of these religions to render an uplifting melody and thought.

  

  

Krishna nee begane baro
krishna nee begane baro

Darkness coming round
And everybody fighting with their brothers
Everybody wants control
Don’t hesitate to kill one another
So come back as Jesus
Come back and save the world
That’s all the future
Of every boy and girl
Come back as Rama
Forgive us for what we’ve done
Come back as Allah
Come back as anyone

Krishna nee begane baro
krishna nee begane baro

Religion is the reason
The world is breaking up into pieces
Colour of the people
Keeps us locked in hate please release us
hmm..

So come down and help us
Save all the little ones
They need a teacher
And you are the only one
We can rely on
To build a better world
A world that’s for children
A world that’s for everyone

Krishna nee begane baro
Krishna nee begane baro

Time is the healer
Time moves on
Time don’t wait for anyone
You tell you’ll be back
But that will take some time
I’m waiting…
ahh……
I’m waiting…
Waiting…
I’m waiting…
I’m waiting
Yea…. Yea…
Come back as Jesus
Come back and save the world
We need a teacher
You are the only one
Come back as Rama
Forgive us for what we’ve done
Come back as Allah
Come back as anyone

Krishna nee begane baro
Krishna nee begane baro

Jesus!
Come back and save the world
That’s all the future
Of every boy and girl
Come back as Rama
Forgive us for what we’ve done
Come back as Allah
Come back for everyone

Govinda bolo hare Gopal bolo….
Alleluia!

  
  
While the above is a fusion rendition, here is one by K. S. Chitra in it’s classic form.
  

  

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