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Mathura Nagarapati Kaahe Tum Gokul Jao

Posted on: July 14, 2018

This article is written by K Satish Shenoy, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in If this article appears in sites like and etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

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ASAD 10th Anniversary Celebrations – 4

Atulites are on a joyous milestone moment, this July 2018, with ASAD completing an admirable journey through 10 years. Thanks to Atul Ji for initiating the journey and being the rock solid foundation and also thanks to contributing writers and innumerable die hard followers.

In every such moment, one looks back with nostalgia, counting occasions that brought joy of revisiting nearly forgotten songs, or joy of finding wonderful gems never heard before, or joy of knowing more about the talented personalities in the field of Hindi cinema and its music. I am no exception. l will be failing if I don’t participate in the celebrations.

I wondered what song I can present to mark the occasion. After sifting through still uncovered songs (a daunting task), I stumbled on this song narrating a nostalgic journey of Sri Krishna to Gokul where he spent his joyous growing years. The journey is a mix of joy and some sadness. What better way to celebrate than presenting a ‘divine’ song from an excellent artiste singing for an award winning movie starring an award winning actress.

The song presented is sung by Shrimati Shubha Mudgal, who makes her first appearance on our blog today. A brief introduction to her

Shubha Mudgal started performing as a Hindustani classical singer in the 1980’s. Hailing from Allahabad, she moved to Delhi for academic studies but continued her interest and training in Indian Classical music. In the 1990s, she started experimenting with other forms of music, including pop and fusion varieties.  Khayal and Thumri are her favourites.

She has won many awards which include National Film award for music direction for non feature film ‘Amrit Beej’, Gold Plaque Award for Special Achievement in Music, at the 34th Chicago International Film Festival, and Padmashri title in 2000.

The song of this post is from the movie ‘Raincoat’ (2004). I would consider ‘Raincoat’ fit be included in the list of best of Indian Cinema. The film won the National film award for best Hindi feature film and was nominated for the Crystal Globe for Best Feature Film at the Karlovy Vary International film festival. The leading lady Aishwarya Rai also won the Zee Cine Award for Critics’ Choice as Best Actress and was nominated for the Filmfare Best Actress Award.  ‘Raincoat’ can easily be Aishwarya Rai’s best performance, that too in a unglamorous role

The story line of the film is as follows,

The film tells the story of two lovers (played by Ajay Devgan and Aishwarya Rai), once engaged but separated by destiny before tying the knot. Ajay later faces financial difficulties. Ajay travels to Kolkata to meet his friends seeking help, and also calls on Aishwarya, during a rainy evening. Aishwarta  is also leading a pathetic life. In this meeting, both of them initially pretend to lead a happy and prosperous life. However, as the encounter progresses and by the time the film comes to a close, each one secretly finds out the truth of the unenviable and miserable lives both of them were leading, post separation.

Ajay before departing leaves whatever he borrowed from friends to meet his own financial difficulties,  under Aishwarya’s bed with a letter.

Later, when he reaches home, in the pocket of his raincoat, he finds a pair of gold bangles and a piece of jewellery that belonged to Aishwarya, along with a letter. She had actually read a letter, written to a friend, that was inside his rain coat revealing his woes.

The film is an adaptation of the famous short story by O’Henry, titled ’The Gift of the Magi’. It is directed by Late Rituparno Ghosh. The lyrics of this song are also credited to him, though I feel it could be from an already existing source. The music is credited to Debajyoti Mishra.

I interpret, this is an allegorical poem, comparing Ajay’s journey to meet his former beloved, with the story of Krishna, now the King of Mathura, returning to Gokul, to meet Radha. But there is a contrast – Ajay’s journey is all melancholic.

This mellifluous ‘divine’ song is raised a notch above when the chorus joins. Recalling the plot, every time I hear this song my eyes go moist.


(Audio) Longer

Song – Mathura Nagarapati Kaahe Tum Gokul Jao (Raincoat) (2004) Singer – Shubha Mudgal, Lyrics – Rituparno Ghosh, MD – Debjyoti Mishra

Lyrics (based on audio version)

subah subah
suba..a..ah subah

subah subah ka khayal aaj
subah subah ka khayal aaj
vapas gokul chal mathura raj
mathura nagarapati kaahe tum gokul
manohar vesh chhod nandraj
sar se utaar ke sundar taj
raj dand chhod bhoomi par waaj
phir kaahe bansuri bajaao
mathura nagarapati kaahe tum gokul jaao
mathura nagarapati kaahe tum gokul jaao

kaun sa anokha geet gaahe pik kool
raj paat jaise aaj bhaye dhool
kaun sa anokha geet gaahe pik kool
birahan laagi phir hriday akool
raaj kaaj mann na lagaao
raaj kaaj mann na lagaao
mathura nagarapati kaahe tum gokul jaao
mathura nagarapati kaahe tum gokul jaao
jaao. . .

pur naari saari vyaakul nayan
kusum sajja laage kantak shayan
pur naari asari vyaakul nayan
raat bhar madhav jaagat bechain
kaahe aadhi rat sarathi bulaao
mathura nagarapati kaahe tum gokul jaao
mathura nagarapati kaahe tum gokul jaao

dheere dheere pahunchat jamuna ke teer
sunsaan panghat mridul sameer
dheere dheere pahunchat jamuna ke teer
khan khan madhav birah madeer
usey kaahe bhool na paao
mathura nagarapati kaahe tum gokul jaao
mathura nagarapati kaahe tum gokul jaao

tumhri piriya ab poori gharwaali
dudh navan ghivu din bhar khaali
tumhri radha ab poori gharwali
dudh navan ghivu din bhar khaali
birah ke aansoo kab ke
ho..oo kab ke ponchh daali
phir kaahe dard jagao
mathura nagarapati kaahe tum gokul jaao
mathura nagarapati kaahe tum gokul jaao
mathura nagarapati kaahe tum gokul jaao

Devnagri script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)

सुबह सुबह
सुब॰॰ह सुबह

सुबह सुबह का ख्याल आज
सुबह सुबह का ख्याल आज
वापस गोकुल चल मथुरा राज
मथुरा नगरपति काहे तुम गोकुल जा॰॰आ॰॰ओ
मनोहर वेश छोड़ नंदरज
सर से उतार के सुंदर ताज
राज दंड छोड़ भूमि पर वाज
फिर काहे बांसुरी बजाओ
मथुरा नगरपति काहे तुम गोकुल जाओ
मथुरा नगरपति काहे तुम गोकुल जाओ

कौन सा अनोखा गीत गाये पिक कूल
राज पाट जैसे आज भए धूल
कौन सा अनोखा गीत गाये पिक कूल
बिरहन लागि फिर हृदय अकूल
राज काज मन ना लगाओ
राज काज मन ना लगाओ
मथुरा नगरपति काहे तुम गोकुल जाओ
मथुरा नगरपति काहे तुम गोकुल जाओ

पुर नारी सारी व्याकुल नयन
कुसुम सज्जा लागे कंटक शयन
पुर नारी सारी व्याकुल नयन
रात भर माधव जागत बेचैन
काहे आधी रात सारथी बुलाओ
मथुरा नगरपति काहे तुम गोकुल जाओ
मथुरा नगरपति काहे तुम गोकुल जाओ

धीरे धीरे पहुंचत जमुना के तीर
सुनसान पनघट मृदुल समीर
धीरे धीरे पहुंचत जमुना के तीर
खन खन माधव बिरह मदीर
उसे काहे भूल ना पाओ
मथुरा नगरपति काहे तुम गोकुल जाओ
मथुरा नगरपति काहे तुम गोकुल जाओ

तुमरी पिरिया अब पूरी घरवाली
दूध नवन घीवू दिन भर खाली
तुमरी राधा अब पूरी घरवाली
दूध नवन घीवू दिन भर खाली
बिरह के आँसू कब के
हो॰॰ओ कब के पोंछ डाली
फिर काहे दर्द जगाओ
मथुरा नगरपति काहे तुम गोकुल जाओ
मथुरा नगरपति काहे तुम गोकुल जाओ
मथुरा नगरपति काहे तुम गोकुल जाओ

12 Responses to "Mathura Nagarapati Kaahe Tum Gokul Jao"

Very very nicely written. Inspiring me to see the movie. One of those movies which I missed seeing in its run at the theatres. Thank you Shenoyji.
So batsman number 4 has arrived




Thanks Nalini Ji & Aparna Ji.


You make me want to watch the movie. It is a lovely concept. What a sublime song.

Thank you Shenoyji.


Nice to see your post after 9 months and 4 days !
It is short and sweet.
I wish you appear here more frequently. It is a pleasure to read articles of different styles.
Thanks again.


Lovely to see a post from you again, Shenoyji.
Very nicely written too.
I now need to see Raincoat. Only heard about it, haven’t seen it.
Very nice song too.


Very nice post Shenoy ji. I am a big fan of the Director. It is a real pity that he passed away so early. He made very sensitive movies like this one, Unishe April, Chokher Bali etc.
In fact one of his completed movies Sunglasses starring Jaya Bachchan, Amitabh and Abhishek is lying unreleased for years for unknown reasons . I wish that movie wouldcome out too as a tribute tohim. May God Bless his soul.


Thanking all friends for the feed back.


साहब जी,
पुरानी यादों को ताज़ा करता आपक यह लेख बहोत ही सुन्दर है और मन को भावुक कर गया. ब्लॉग कि दसवीं सालगिरह मनाता यह महोत्सव आपके इस लेख से और भी सुहाना हो गया और चूँकि ‘अतीत कि ललक’ ही मेरे भी लेख का विषय है इस बार के ‘महोत्सव’ के लिए, सो मुझे और भी प्रसन्नता हुयी और आपका लेख पढ़कर मैं भाव-विभोर हो गया. क्यूंकि हमारी कई पुरानी यादें ‘रेल गाडी’ के ‘साथ भी’ या यूँ कह लीजिये के रेल गाडी के ‘साथ ही’ जुडी हुयी हैं तो अतिशयोक्ति नहीं होगी. रेल गाडी हमारे जीवन का अभिन्न हिस्सा है. और जब मैं इस गीत को सुन रहा था और ‘फिल्मांकन’ देख रहा था और जब रेल गाडी दिखी तो मुझे भी अपनी ‘बेंगुलुरु’ यात्रा और आपके साथ बीताये हुए उन मधुर पलों का स्मरण हुआ. इस अविस्मर्णीय अनुभूति के लिए मैं आपका आभारी हूँ.
एवं शुभा मुद्गल जी का गाया गीत और रितुर्पर्नो जी कि फिल्म चुनने के लिए भी आपका बहोत बहोत धन्यवाद !!!
आशा करता हूँ भविष्य में भी आप के आशीर्वाद रूपी लेखों से हमारी दैनंदिनी महकती रहेगी …
सभि वरिष्ठ गुरु जनों और हमारे साथियों को फिर एक बार अनेको शुभकामनायें !!!


Avinash Ji,


Though totally unrelated, reminds me of The Empty Raincoat, which I am yet to read. (I have now forgotten when was the last time I read a book)

Thanks for the post.


Lovely post Shenoy ji. Shubha Mudgal is one of my favourite singers and her song Abke Sawan Aise Barse is one of the best high tempo songs I have listened to. Something very soothing about this song, and sounds familiar too. Like others mentioned above, pretty tempted to watch the movie Raincoat now :).


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