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Gopi Krishna Gopala Krishna

Version: 2.1
July 23, 2008
Jay Sri Guru Devayah! Jaya Sri Krishna!
From the parents & children of Gokul Bhajan & Vedic Studies

Part-1: Butter Thief


1.1.

BHAJAN by Elder Children

Background
Projection
Singer Group1
(Elder Children)
Singer Group1
(Elder Children)

BHAJAN with Guru Vandana


(Gokul background with gopies, cows, butter pots,)
Screen Opens.
Namaste Guru Devaya, Sarva Sidhi Pradayine
Sarva Mangala Rupaya, Sarvananda Vidayine
Song: Gokula Balaka Gopi Jeevana (in two speeds)
Song ends and all the singers leave. Screen closes. Small introduction about the play.

[ Gokula Balaka Gopi Jeevana


Gopala Govinda Go Vardhana ]
[ Narayana Hari Narayana
Nara Hari Rupa Sri Narayana ]
(Gokula)

(2)
(2)

[ NavaNita Chora Nanda Nandana


Madhava Yadhava Madhu Sudhana ] (2)
[ Narayana Hari Narayana
Jaya Hari Giri Dhari Narayana ]
(Gokula)

(2)

[ Hare Krishna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare


Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare ]
[ ---- end to complete. Very slow ---- ]
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[ Gokula Balaka Gopi Jeevana


Gopala Govinda Go Vardhana ]

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1.2. DRAMA
SCENE 1
Background: House of a mother gopi, Early morning
Characters: Prabhavati (elder gopi), Padma (neighbor gopi), Krishna, Sudama
Background
Projection

Play
(Inside a gopis house not big not small. Butter pots hanging.. Churning pots/rods to
show if possible)
Screen Opens.
(Mother Gopi Prabhavati and Padma Gopi are busy in setting up butter pot in the middle
of the house)

Padma
(Neighbor)

Prabhavati! We will place some sweet butter in the middle of the house!
I am sure we will catch the thief today with our own hands.

Prabhavati

Yes Padma!
Every time we complain that her son is stealing butter at our house, she says: (with funny
face) We have so much of butter in our house...why should my son steal!
Of course we love and even wait for our Kanniah to come and eat the butter we make!
But every time I tell Yasoda, she does not believe and I feel like a fool!
Today we will hide and catch him by our own hands and take him to Yasoda.
Then she has to believe us!

Padma

Do you know what he did two days back in our house?


He came with all his monkey-like friends and hid outside our house. He told one of them
to shout to me saying someone untied the calf from its rope and it was drinking all the
milk from its mother cow.
Believing it, I left my work in the middle and ran fast out of the house to the cow-shawla.
Do you know what he did? He and all those monkeys entered my house, stole all the
butter in seconds and ran away!
Not only that. It took hours for me to clean the mess they made.

Prabhavati

And when we tell this to Yasoda, she does not believe us!
In fact one day I caught him with my own hands. Then he begged me and cried, O
maiya! You are my very dear mother! I like the very sweet butter you prepare for me. I
know you wont punish me
When he begged me and called me maiya, tears came from my eyes and I forgot myself.
He cleverly pulled his hand from me and ran away!

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Padma

Yes, he is very tricky! You wont even believe what he did last week.
That day I cleaned all the pots and did not have any butter in the house. You know what he
did? Seeing no butter for him, he pinched my innocent younger child who was sleeping in
the cradle and ran away. He pinched so hard that my poor child was crying and crying.
Not only that... If the butter is not tasty for him, he breaks the pot!
We will catch him today!
(They hear sound of ankle-bells outside the house).

Prabhavati
I hear some ankle bell sound! Yes, he is coming. Let us run and hide!
(They run and hide inside)
(Kanniah slowly enters the house)
Sudama

(Enters the house first to see anyone in the house.. )


(whispers) Kanniah! There is no one in this house.
You go in and I will protect you if anything happens.
Dont worry! You have my full support.

Krishna

(Entering the house carefully looking all the sides to see if anybody is watching)
(whispering)
Wow, there is a lot of butter for us! And no one is here!

Krishna

(Puts his hands inside the pot and pulled a handful of butter and eats)
Oh, it is very sweet!

Prabhavati

(Jumping on Kanniah and catching him by her own hands)


You are a thief! Today I have caught you!

Krishna

(Unexpecting it, with a shock) No! You are the thief!


(He also quickly smashes some butter on the mouth of the mother gopi)

Sudama

(Seeing Kanniah was caught)


Oh ho! Let me run out of here!
(runs away leaving Kanniah!)

Prabhavati

Why are you stealing at our house?

Krishna

O Maiya. I thought this is my house. That is why I came in.

Prabhavati

You think every house is your house! You steal from every house!
If it is your house, then why are you stealing?

Krishna

Maiya. I am not stealing.


I was running after my young calf. It ran away from home.
It came here and jumped right into this pot.

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Prabhavati
Krishna

Oh! Your calf ran right into my pot? Has it? Show me - where is your calf then?
(Taking a toy calf from the pot and with great excitement)
See, here it is! You did not believe me! My calf was hiding inside, and I caught him now!

Prabhavati

You have tricked me many times like this. You cannot fool me this time!
I am going to take you to Yasoda right now! Whenever I tell Yasoda that her son is a thief,
she does not believe me. I feel like a fool every time!
Today, I caught you red-handed and I am going to tie you and cover with a blanket and
take you to your mother.

Padma

Now Yasoda has to believe us! She has no other way!


Here is the blanket. Let us tie him.
(Padma helps to tie Krishna with a blanket. Prabhavati holds him and both of them take
Kanniah to mother Yasoda)
(The scene Closes)

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SCENE 2
Background: Early Morning. Nanda Babas palace in Gokul
Characters: Prabhavati (elder gopi), Padma, Yasoda, Krishna, Son of Prabhavati
Background
Projection

(Nanda Maharajs palace. Outside..)


Screen Opens.

Prabhavati
& Padma

(together calling)
Yasoda! Yasoda!

Yasoda

(Yasoda comes from inner room of the house/palace to outside)


Dear Sakhis!.. I am coming..
I know what you are going to tell me again!
As usual you will say that my son came to your house and stole butter.

Prabhavati

Yes! Yes! But until now you never believed it!


Today I have come with all the proofs.
Here is your own son. I caught him red-handed today!

Padma

We tied him and brought him covered in a blanket so that he cant escape.

Prabhavati

Now, you have to believe me! Every time I complained, I felt like a fool as if I was talking
some non-sense.
(With a winning smile, Mother Gopi uncovers the blanket to show to mother Yasoda. )
Now you see for yourself!
(But, from the blanket, her own son comes out!)

Yasoda

It is NOT my son! It is YOUR son!

Prabhavati

(with a shock) Oh No! I swear I caught your son! How did it happen?

Yasoda

Now it is very clear! It is your son who has been stealing your butter!
Your son is the one who is stealing from every house!
I also see butter in your face and you too have eaten with him!
You blamed my innocent Kanniah for that?
I am not going to hear any more of your complaints!

Prabhavati

Yasoda! Believe me... I really caught your son with my own hands. I promise!
O Narayana! I feel like a fool!

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Kanniah

(Now Kanniah is walking from the bed towards mother Yasoda)


(Wiping his eyes) Maiya! I am hungry!

Padma

What! How is this possible? Kanniah is here!

Yasoda

Padma! Where else will he be? He is my son and lives here!


Kanniah! This maiya is telling that you stole butter at their house today. Did you?

Kanniah

Oh maiya! You know that I was sleeping here!


They do not have any work other than complaining about me.
We have so much of butter in our house!
Why should I go to their house for butter? They are liars!
Now just because they lied, I should now go and really steal some butter from them!
(Screen closes)

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Part-2: Stealing The Flute


2.1. BHAJAN by Younger Children
Background
Projector
Singer Group2
(younger children)

BHAJAN by Small Children


(Krishnas flute playing and Gokul background)
Screen Opens.
Song: Murali Krishna Mukunda Krishna
Song ends, screen closes and all the singers leave.
[Background: Brief introduction about the following episode.]

Murali Krishna Mukunda Krishna, Mohana Krishna Krishna Krishna


Murali Krishna Mukunda Krishna, Mohana Krishna Krishna Krishna
Gopi Krishna Gopala Krishna, Govardhana Dhara Krishna Krishna
Gopi Krishna Gopala Krishna, Govardhana Dhara Krishna Krishna
Radha Krishna Bala Krishna, Rsa Vilola Krishna Krishna
Radha Krishna Bala Krishna, Rsa Vilola Krishna Krishna
Amrta Krishna Ananda Krishna, Sri Madhusudhana Krishna Krishna
Amrta Krishna Ananda Krishna, Sri Madhusudhana Krishna Krishna
[----- Repeat above Fast 1.5 speed-----]
(Murali Krishna...)
[ -------- Slow - All sing to complete -------]
Murali Krishna Mukunda Krishna, Mohana Krishna Krishna Krishna

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2.2. DRAMA
SCENE 3
Background: Vrindavan Forest, Bank of Yamuna river. Cows are mowing here and there.
Characters: Krishna, His friends, Gopies
Background
Projector
Krishna

The Play
(Yamuna River.. Forests, Govardhan Hill, Kunja, Cows and Calves)
Screen Opens.
My dear Madhu-Mangal... You are the best in the whole world for great great ideas!

MadhuMangal Well, what do you want? You are in trouble 'again'?


Krishna

Well I want to meet Radhika and the gopies. I ran out of ideas. I want your help..

MadhuMangal You are the dullest being in the universe! Otherwise why, being the Lord of the Universe,
should you come here to look after the cows!
And no wonder why gopies call us monkeys and donkeys!
I am a respectful Brahman in an eminent position. Being a minister and priest for you, I
will help you. But you know my fees, right?
Krishna

Hmm... Laddus?

MadhuMangal Yes. Give me 10 laddus and I can give you an idea.


Hmm.. (walking back and forth thinking with funny signs showing serious thinking..)
Actually I have another super idea but it will cost you more..
Krishna

I know you will do anything for a laddu. You shiver at the smell of prasadam!.
Ok, I will give you 20 laddus.. Tell me the idea.

MadhuMangal Alright.. listen.. this time we will use your flute to do the trick....
You pretend to sleep in the Kunja alone where Gopies come to pickup flowers..
Then ..(whispers at the ear of Krishna about the plan - explain by actions - no talk)
Krishna

(Felt happy first, then a doubt comes) But what if the plan doesn't work?

MadhuMangal I cant give you any guarantee. Don't blame me if it doesn't work.
Whether it works or not, you still owe me the laddus!
MadhuMangal Also another thing,..
The gopies should never know that it is my idea.
Every time I give you idea, I end up in getting beaten up by the gopies!
My back is still aching from their beating with their brooms last time.
We will go and hide to see if you mess up!
(Madhu-mangal and other friends leave the place)
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Part-2
[Krishna is pretending to sleep under a tree in the bank of Yamuna. Soon the gopies come there to pick
flowers. Krishna slowly leaves his flute loose from his hand. The gopies see this.]
Lalita

Hey Radhe, look there! It is our Krishna.


He is sleeping and there is no one else.
Look at his flute. It is hanging loose from his hand!

Vishaka

This flute is our enemy. This flute is always with him.


We should get rid of it. We should steal it!

Radhika

Very nice idea! But how and who can steal it from him?

Champakalata

If he wakes up, then he will catch us. I cannot do that!

Chitra

I think Radhika for this job!

(Everyone)

Yes, Radhika is the best for this!

Radhika

Ok, I will do it.


Let me remove my ankle bracelets and bangles. That way there wont be any noise when I
steal it.
(Radhika removes her ankle bracelets, bangles and slowly walks to Krishna where he is
sleeping and carefully snatches the flute and comes back and passes it to Lalita. Lalita
passes it to other gopies)

Krishna

(Krishna wakes up and sees his flute missing. He searches around but does not find it)
O! My flute is missing! Someone has taken my flute!
(He looks around and sees the gopies. He walks to them and first asks Kundalata)
Kundalata, do you know anything about my flute?

Kundalata

I did not take your flute! You may ask Radhika.

Krishna

(To Radhika) Did you take my flute?

Radhika

(Angrily) No. Why do I want your flute? Who will ever want that piece of bamboo stick
with holes! If you want, come to our house and there are so many bamboos at our back
yard. You can cut as much as you want!

Krishna

No, I want only my flute. It is special to me. It is my life.


Lalita, do you have it?

Lalita

I do not know anything about your flute. I have better things to do than stealing that dumb
piece of bamboo stick!

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Krishna
Chitra

(looking greatly worried) Chitra, did you?


Oo hum! What do I do with that stick?
It is useless. It does not worth for any money!

Krishna

(Looking at Radhika) I am sure that one of you must have stolen my flute!

Radhika

You are now blaming us as thieves? You are the only thief in Vrindavan!
You are calling us thieves?

Lalita

You do not even belong here.


Yasoda Maiya must have bought you from someone else! Otherwise why are you so
black?

Campakalata

Your father Nanda Baba is not black and Yasoda Maiya is also not black like you.

Su Devi

Then how come you are black? It is very very strange!

Kundalata

(With pity) If you tell us why you are black we will return your flute.

Krishna

Why I am black? Hmm.. You know.. when I was born, it was a very very dark night.
Everything was dark. So I was born black!
(All the gopies laugh)

Tulasi

You big liar! You are not going to get your flute back!

Krishna

Ok, you want me to tell the real reason?.. See, when I go for cow herding.. you know my
maiya gives me a black blanket. When it rains, the color from that black blanket gets onto
my body! So I became black.
(All the gopies laugh)

Tulasi

That is another big lie.


You must tell us the truth, Otherwise we are not going to find your flute!

Krishna

Ok! I will tell the truth. You know, when I was a child, my maiya and elder gopies they
used to give me milk from black cows. You know- milk from real black cows! I drank it
and became black!
(All the gopies laugh)

Su Devi

You can tell only lies. Forget about your flute!

Visakha

If you do not tell the truth, we are going to dress you like a gopi.
Tell us the real truth.

Krishna

Promise.. I will tell the real truth this time. I promise and you must return my flute.
See.., you all put so much of kaajal in your eyes and then take bath in Yamuna.
Your kaajal gets into the river and the river becomes black.
And when I come to take bath, all your kaajal gets all over my body and I become black.
(All the gopies laugh)

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Krishna

It is actually your fault that I am black.

Visakha

Sakhis, that is it. He is always a liar. He can never tell any truth.

Lalita

We are going to dress you like a gopi!


(Lalita and other sakhis get hold of him and dresses him like a gopi.)

Radhika

You should promise to us that you will never ever give trouble to any of us the gopies!

Krishna

Sure, I Promise. I will never give you any trouble.


(Background voice: ..but from the very next day itself he broke his promise!)
(Krishna now gets back his flute. He is in a gopi dress. Radha & Krishna Stands in the
middle and all the gopies go around singing showering the flowers on them)
(Play pre-recorded song sung by all the children with music instruments)
Murali Mano Madhava Madhana Mohana
Govar-dhana Giri-dhara Gopi Jeevana
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama
Mahswari Ramswari Bhrateeswari
Kriyswari Ksamswari Knanswari
Hare Hare Hare Hare, Hare Krishna
Hare Hare Hare Hare, Hare Rama

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SCENE 4 (Dance)
Background: Evening. Outside Nanda Babas palace in Gokul
Characters: Gopies and Baby Krishna
Dance
(In Gokul, Krishna is the main attraction for everyone including trees, cows and all the
living beings. Krishna is their life soul. In this scene we see all the gopies are lovingly
singing and calling Bala Krishna.)
Background
Projection

(Gokul background. The background shall be moving slowly to show the braj and/or
Krishnas younger age pictures. The song and the background can be blended as a single
video file and played for the dance).
Screen Opens.
Dance Song: Chiri Dhoovi Kaliyadi Vaa Vaa Kanna..

[Chiri Dhoovi Kaliyaadi Vaa Vaa Kannaa


Yen Guruvayur Ambaadi Kannaa Vaa Vaa] (2)
[Ponnoda Kulaloodhi Vaa Vaa Kanna
Varna Mayil Peeli Soodi Vaa Vaa Kannaa]
[Chiri Dhoovi Kaliyaadi Vaa Vaa Kannaa
Yen Guruvayur Ambaadi Kannaa Vaa Vaa]
Kannaa Kannaa Kannaa Kannaa
[Kai Niraya Venna dhraam Vaa Vaa Kannaa
Naru Neyyum Paalum dharaam Vaa Vaa Kanna]
[Odaadhe Olikaadhe Vaa Vaa Kannaa
Odakulal Oodhi Oodhi Vaa Vaa Kanna]
[Alagode Nadanam Aadi Vaa Vaa Kannaa
Aaromal Vunniyai Vaa Vaa Kanna]
[Mulu Thinkal Kala Pole Vaa Vaa Kannaa
Malai Megha Kuliru Pole Vaa Vaa Kanna]
[Muttu Kuthi Konchi Konchi Vaa Vaa Kannaa
Picha Vacha Kulanjaadi Vaa Vaa Kanna]
Kannaa Kannaa Kannaa Kannaa
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