kahalo sajanī, se kadambamūḷe ke se
nabīna nīrada tanu kerḍe śobhā diśe /refrain/
kiśora bayasa tāra chabi diśe manohara
nāgarīṅka cittacora, naṭabara beśe /1/
manekara bibecanā jāṇe ki mantra racanā
ghenithāi goracanā bindu bhāla deśe /2/
manare ki roṣa bahi abaḷā badhibā pāi~
jāṇili niścaya bihi āṇichi e deśe /3/
banamāḷī dāsa bhaṇi se parā muralī pāṇi
parate hele tā’ṭhāre jāṇibu tu ẏe se /4/
କହଲୋ ସଜନୀ, ସେ କଦମ୍ବମୂଳେ କେ ସେ
ନବୀନ ନୀରଦ ତନୁ କେଡ଼େ ଶୋଭା ଦିଶେ ।ପଦ।
କିଶୋର ବୟସ ତାର ଛବି ଦିଶେ ମନୋହର
ନାଗରୀଙ୍କ ଚିତ୍ତଚୋର, ନଟବର ବେଶେ ।୧।
ମନେକର ବିବେଚନା ଜାଣେ କି ମନ୍ତ୍ର ରଚନା
ଘେନିଥାଇ ଗୋରଚନା ବିନ୍ଦୁ ଭାଲ ଦେଶେ ।୨।
ମନରେ କି ରୋଷ ବହି ଅବଳା ବଧିବା ପାଇଁ
ଜାଣିଲି ନିଶ୍ଚୟ ବିହି ଆଣିଛି ଏ ଦେଶେ ।୩।
ବନମାଳୀ ଦାସ ଭଣି ସେ ପରା ମୁରଲୀ ପାଣି
ପରତେ ହେଲେ ତା’ଠାରେ ଜାଣିବୁ ତୁ ଯେ ସେ ।୪।
[ Radha saying ]
Tell me, friend, who is that under the Kadamba tree ?
As dark as a new black cloud in the sky. /refrain/
Youthful he is, with an appearance enchanting,
He steals the Gopis’ hearts with his resplendent form. /1/
Ask your mind,
“What powerful chant does he possess ?”
[ that he captivates our minds. ]
The yellow dot of gorachana gleams on his dark forehead. /2/
Bearing which anger in his heart
has he come, to kill poor maidens ?
[ by his dazzling form ]
His arrival to this country
is not without a [ shrewd ] aim. /3/
He is the holder of the flute.
When you have faith in him,
you shall realise who he is. /4/
One of the most popular poems of Poet Banamali, this song is ideal for abhinayas (enactments) due to the imagery and conversational tone characteristic of the poet. It is very easy to understand, thanks to the simple expression of thoughts.
Krishna has been said to have “possess a chant” & “bear enmity”, because all the womenfolk are enamoured by him. Classic accusation.
The last line gives a spiritual tone to the song, with the context turning from lover and beloved to devotee and God.
The song has a simple tune set to the joyous Raga Bilahari. Easy to sing and thought-provoking.
The song has been sung by the old Maestro Banikantha Nimai Harichandan who brings out the simple-hearted, rustic and merry flavour excellently. He starts with a Sanskrit invocation to Krishna and proceeds with the song. A treat.