Krishna Janmashtami and Mahabharata.

Souvik By Souvik, 16th Aug 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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The article speaks about the relevance of Krishna Janmashtami in the lives of numerous Indians in the country.


Indians have a separate religious sentiment associated with Lord Krishna, the renowned avatar of God Vishnu. The film Mahabharat made in 1965 is revisited on the eve of Krishna Janmashtami to be celebrated all over India tomorrow on 17th August, 2014.


The film Mahabharat was directed by director Babulal Mistry in 1965. Actor Abhi Bhattacharya played the celebrated role of Lord Krishna in the film. He had the challenging task of chanting the slokas from Bhagwat Geeta, which moulded Arjun in the battle of Kurukshetra and led to victory of the Pandavas. Very significantly Pradeep Kumar played the epic role of Arjun in the film. When Arjuna saw his own relatives in the other side of the battle, he got perplexed and thought whether to fight the battle or not. Lord Krishna explained to him that he must do his Karma and that too of a Kshatriya. In the entire Mahabharata what Lord Krishna had delivered later became learning texts for Hindus all over the world.

Pradeep Kumar played Arjun.

Actor Dara Singh played the role of Bhima in the film, while Jeevan played the role of Shakuni. Actress Padmini played the notable role of Draupadi in the film. Composer Chitragupt composed the music of the film, and the songs sung by Rafi in the film were very memorable.

In the late 80s and early 90s, eminent filmmaker BR Chopra made Mahabharata in Doordarshan, and as TV serial had remained extremely successful. Nitish Bharatdwaj played the role of Lord Krishna in the serial. All the episode related to the birth of Lord Krishna flabbergasted the audience. His mama’s role was played by Goga Kapoor. The viewers saw the battle between Lord Krishna and Mama Kanghs was very well depicted by BR Chopra.

Nitish Bhardwaj.

Nitish Bharadwaj studied Bhagwat Geeta, very well and his performance in the battlefield of Kurukshetra where he persuaded Arjun to fight the battle had remained matchless. The character of Arjun was played by Feroz Khan. The pandavas were heavily dependent on Lord Krishna in their war against the kauravas. Lord Krishna only asked Bhima to hit Duryodhana on his uru, meaning the thigh, which led to his victory. Lord Krishna asked Arjun to throw his arrow at Karna when his chariot got stuck in mud and he tried to release it. The same Lord Krishna, provided cloth to Draupadi, at a time when Duryodhana asked Dushshashan to take away her clothes.

Lord Krishna's ideals should be followed.

Lord Krishna is worshipped as God by numerous hindus all across the world, and the effort of filmmakers in reaching the epic related to Lord Krishna had always been considered noble and appreciated. Both the film Mahabharata and the serial Mahabharata should be restored.


Abhi Bhattacharya, Janmashtami, Lord Krishna, Mahabharata

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author avatar Souvik
16th Aug 2014 (#)

Every year Krishna Janmashtami is celebrated with pomp and grandieur in different parts of India.

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author avatar Randhir Bechoo
16th Aug 2014 (#)

Wonderful article.Krishna Janmashtami is also given the same attention in South Africa by the Hindus.Thanks for your share.

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author avatar Souvik
16th Aug 2014 (#)

Thanks Randhirji for the beautiful comments. Happy Krishna Janmashtami to you as well.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
20th Aug 2014 (#)

Great work! I studied Krishna, Ganesha, and Mahabharata in college. We used to write odes to Ganesha to help us study. ;)

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author avatar Souvik
20th Aug 2014 (#)

Dear Phyl,
Thanks for sharing your experience of writing odes to Ganesha and Krishna.

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