Maage Ubha Mangesh - Marathi Bhavgeet - unplugged

Lyrics & Chords

Lyricist :Shanta Shelke
Singer :Asha Bhosle
Music Director :Hridayanath Mangeshkar
Movie :Mahananda (1984)

मागे उभा मंगेश, पुढे उभा मंगेश
माझ्याकडे देव माझा पाहतो आहे

जटाजूट माथ्यावरी, चंद्रकला शिरी धरी
सर्पमाळ रुळे उरी
चिताभस्म सर्वांगास लिंपून राहे

जन्मजन्मांचा हा योगी, संसारी आनंद भोगी
विरागी की म्हणू भोगी
शैलसूतासंगे गंगा, मस्तकी वाहे

Ever since I heard this beautiful Shiva Bhajan, I was hooked. This beautiful Marathi Bhav-geet was originally sung by the versatile Asha Bhosle. The Lyrics were penned by gifted Marathi poetess and writer Late Shanta Shelke for which she received the Soor Singaar award.
The melodious tune created by Pt. Hridaynath is based on Raag Yaman.
The live version of this song rendered by Ashaji was just mind-blowing. The line “माझ्याकडे देव माझा पाहतो आहे” is the Life of this song. There are times when we feel life is not fair, but Somewhere, Our God is right with us, and He is watching us, and looking out for us.
I have tried to retain the original style with my own nuances and valiant attempt to achieve a complex Marathi-style BolTaan in the end. :-)
Many Thanks to Adwait Ranade for listening to my preliminary attempts and giving me his useful pointers on diction and nuances.
Please listen to my humble attempt and do drop in your valuable feedback.



Harshan Nambiar Pro user said

Wah Sudha ….Very Beautiful bhajan, I have heard it many times before……to cover this song with just the tanpura……in your bold, powerful voice yet so expressive…hats off. Felt like being close to siddhivinayak temple in the wee hours of the morning ….LOVED it immensely and to my favourties.
Check out

Bhool gaya sab kuch

Aye dil hai Mushkil

Pukarta chala hoon mai

dil ke jharonke mein


Sudha Kumar said

Thanks for that quick and lovely f/b, Harshan! Thanks for your constant encouragement – felt really happy!


Harshan Nambiar Pro user said

Listening to it yet again….I think this bhajan is also rendered by Pt.Bhimsen Joshi….could be wrong.
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Bhool gaya sab kuch

Aye dil hai Mushkil

Pukarta chala hoon mai

dil ke jharonke mein


Max Vala said

Sudha Kumar,
तुजा कडे देव पाहतो आहे!Wonderful voice!!! excellent work!
max vala


Kumar Srinivasan Pro user said

Lovely rendition Sudha, not familiar with the original but sounds complex and tough. You have done a great job. Loved your open throated singing.

The alaap mid way through and the fast harkats towards the end could be improved.



Sudha Kumar said

Thanks Harshan, Max, Vidya, Sai and Kumar for listening and your lovely f/bs. Appreciate your time.
Harshan – I have not heard the Pt. Bhimsen Joshi rendition. Actually, in the movie – Lataji and Usha Mangeshkar sang this, but the popular one (more Yaman-like) is the one sung by Ashaji. Would love to hear other styles…
Kumar – Thanks. I know, this song was a challenge. I totally agree I need to do better. Need a lot more taan practice to do that last harkat…


Ramya Harish said

Loved ur vocals Sudha, great dynamics! Every rendition of urs sounds so tough n they r absolutely delectable. Kudos!
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Srividhya Kannan said

Beautiful!!:)Simply loved it!:)Thumbs up from me!
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Srini S said

Divine rendition sudha,loved it in your voice.
In the word ‘मागे’, alphabet ’गे’sounded like
’गी’same in ’मंगेश’alphabet ’गे’sounded like ‘गी,
then in the word ’आहे’alphabet ’हे’sounded like ‘ही’
then in the word ‘राहे’ alphabet ’हे’sounded like ‘ही’
in the 1st antra and same in the 2nd antra the
word ‘वाहे’ alphabet ’हे’sounded like ‘ही’.
Just take care of those minor diction issues,
otherwise beautiful singing.All the best

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Radhakrishnan Nair said

Lovely rendition Sudha. Nice powerful vocals, great dynamics. Keep it up! Goes to my fav…



Adwait Ranade Pro user said

Wonderful, divine, experience of Yaman in your splendid voice….
You have sung it so well and that too unplugged! Hats off!! As such it would not be fair to compare your work with the original of Ashaji. Appreciate your sincere hardwork on diction, too.
To my Fav’ with a Thumbs Up.
Looking forward for more……

Adwait Ranade
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Sudha Kumar said

Thank you so much Ramya, Unni, Srividhya, Ibolya, Srini, RK and Adwait for taking the time to listen this Saturday and your appreciative comments!
Srini – not sure I hear “Aahee” instead of “aahey” and others – listened to this a gazillion times b4 uploading. It could be my voice tone. Will keep in mind on how I open my mouth at that vowel… Thanks a lot for fav’ing, Srini.
Adwait – Thanks so much to you for your pointers. Marathi is not an easy language – and despite having learnt it I know diction is tough. I can only attempt this – Asha Tai’s original is in a different plane altogether.

Thanks all of you,


Dr. priya Rajan said

Sudhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhha Can i ever miss your songs? Never:) may be late but will always check for it dear. Beautiful Marathi brings back my PG days at Bombay. Love the meaning of the lyrics.

Your renditions fill my eyes with tears, that is the power of your voice dear. Brilliant singing. Absolute melody — piercing my heart. Loved it dear.
Am too lucky to hear u all sing today.
All my love/5 and rushes to my fav’.

Thanks a lot for sharing.
MUSIC is the language of the soul!


Shampak Chakravorty said

Very nice presentation Sudha Di…. :) Keep it up….

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Uthra said

Sudha: Lovely voice. Unplugged version sounds good in your voice. Keep singing.


Adithi said

My eyes are wet with tears of ecstacy now! What a raag and what soulful rendition! Absolutely loved every expression in your deep, dulcet tone!

I didn’t understand the lyrics but it touched my heart deep and I could enjoy the sweetness of the language! :)

I think this is your best to date, shortly followed by “Suniyo ji”!

Needless to say, to favs!


Deblina M (away) said

Sudha …beautiful bhajan. Your voice sounded awesome :)


Sudha Kumar said

Thanks so much Dr. Priya, Shampak, Uthra, Adithi and Deblina for listening and your valuable f/bs!
Dr. Priya – Appreciate your heartfelt and such kind words… Thanks so much!
Uthra – Thanks dear. would have actually liked to do this with Tabla but couldn’t arrange that in short time… hence the unplugged.
Adithi – you are a constant source of inspiration dear! Wow – Thanks for the generous compliment…
Deblina – Thanks. I love your voice too!


Roshine Gnanatharshan. said

Beautiful rendition Sudha…
A beautiful and soulful singing !
Loved it.

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Satish Vammi said

Sudha….this is very well done….your voice sounds wonderful….great control when sustaining as well as for alaps….mixing is great….just excellent!


Thinkal govind kumar Pro user said

Divine, Soulful & Perfect rendition in your silky voice with lots of expressions bringing out feelings of true devotion to The Almighty !
LOVED it !
Thanks for sharing this beautiful rendition !
Cheers !
GOD Bless !
Loving Best Wishes,
Thinkal Govind Kumar.


Radhika Nair (away) said

Sudha – God bless you to keep singing more and more. Loved the bhajan and your singing. And yet again mam, what a lovely voice!!

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Biju Ramachandran Pro user said

wow sudha!amazing rendition.divine voice blended with soulful singing…what more a listener wants!!!!!!!
goes to my fav
biju ramachandran


Sudha Kumar said

Thanks a ton Roshine, Satish, Paras, Sarada, Govindji, Radhika and Biju for listening – so glad you could enjoy it. This genre of songs just gives me some inner peace when I sing. And what better raag than Yaman to bring that….Your kind words motivate me and mean a lot to me. :-)
Thanks again,


Ranjani Kumar said

oh my god amazing vocal !!
exotic rendition…. it was absolute pleasure listening to it…. Gr888!



Meera Manohar said


That was done very aesthetically!! Your voice weaves through all those sangathis beautifully :)


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Sudha Kumar said

Thanks a lot Ranjani, Sowmya and Meera for stopping by! I did enjoy singing this bhajan – so glad you all liked it!


Biju Ramachandran Pro user said

hi sudha,
pls enable the download ….my ipod is waiting for it……
biju ramachandran


Sudha Kumar said

Done Biju! Thanks for thinking it worthy of that… :-)


Deepa kumar said

Sudha……Absolutely awesoomme….no words to explain….Extraordinary performance……Goes to my favourites….

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Sudha Kumar said

Thanks so much Yogeshji and Deepa. So glad you liked it… will try to post the full meaning of the song sometime.
Your appreciation means a lot! :-)


Shaniruh said

Sudha! Simply superb ……Pleasure listening to it ;)…You have a lovely voice …Keep it up

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Cheers :-)



Sudha Kumar said

Thanks a lot Shaniruh. Appreciate your time listening. :-)


(( anil Aryanad )) here said

very nice song yaaaar!
rendered nicely……
i like it.!
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Rajeev Onv(away on a long break) said

Sudha, well done! Good choice and excellent rendering of this melodious bhajan!


Sudha Kumar said

Thanks a lot Nithya, Anil and Rajeevji for listening to this – really glad you liked it!


Harish said

pt. hridaynathji and shanta shelke make a great combination. and to make this a deadly combo, just add ‘Sudha Kumar’ from Boston ;)

One of your really better songs here on Muziboo!!


Sudha Kumar said

Thanks Hk… again for your effusive appreciation. :-)


Harry Narain said

Very good singing. Good pitching….

A litttttttttle more solid control on the harkats is required…. I wd request you to pay attention each and every harkat however minor it may be. Over a period of time, you will get control without really paying attention….

Recording is very good… Very clear on my headphones….

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Sudha Kumar said

Thanks Harry. Glad it was good overall.


Sukumar Varier said

Powerfully charged voice,evident that much home-work has been done before presenting the number.This shows in your work.Really beautiful.Music can be wholly enjoyed even without the understanding of the lyrics.It is ofcourse complete if you are able to grasp the meaning too.Good job Sudha.Looking forward to such classic presentations
God bless…regards…. Sukumar


Sudha Kumar said

Thanks a lot Sukumar. Yes, I will make sure to post the meaning soon.


Kunal Bhardwaj said

i need to download this song………………. :(


Sudha Kumar said

Thanks for listening, Kunal and Rahul. Its a good song for the Ganpati season… :-)

Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard are sweeter.
-John Keats


Pratik Sawant said

wahh sudhaji, “aprateem” ha shabd sudha lahan vatto mala. Theres no doubt you are one of the finest singers on muziboo. Its just wonderful wonderful wonderful!!!!


Sudha Kumar said

Thank you Pratik. Very touched by your words. :-)
“A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination. "
- Nelson Mandela


Latha Ganti Pro user said

Ayyo how can i missed it !!!!

followed sudha here :)

What can i say about your rendition !! Sounds so pleasnt & divine !! You are a blessed singer Sudha !loved it !


Sudha Kumar said

Thanks a lot Latha! Blessed to have your heartfelt f/b dear! :-)
“A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination. "
- Nelson Mandela


Chandrakant Page (on & off) said

Just listened this. Simply suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuperb. Soooooooooo divine.
“I sing like I feel”. ….Chandrakant Page


Sudha Kumar said

Thank so much ChandrakantJi. Isn’t this such a beautiful song? :-)
“A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination. "
- Nelson Mandela


Rajeev Bhave said

Sudha, just found this song that you had loaded a while back. What a beautiful melody and lyrics! You have shown great control singing with just the taanpura! What a devine presentation. many Ls + Fs!
Rajeev Bhave

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Bghosh said

Respected Sudhaji,
Please accept my Pronam. I registered in Muziboo very recently and enjoying immensely exploring the treasure trove created by artists of supreme talent. After listening to this excellent rendition of the Marathi devotional song, I am very eager to know its meaning. (I am totally illiterate in Marathi). I will be extremely obliged if you kindly waste some of your valuable time to help me in this regard.

Your thoughtful inclusion of lyrics in English alphabet and English meaning in Vaishnava Jana To (Happy birthday Lataji) not only made the presentation very interesting, it also helped an illiterate in Gujarati language like me to understand the meaning of this well known song and appreciate it better
With Regards,
B. Ghosh


Sudha Kumar said

Thanks so much Rajeev and B. Ghosh ji.
@Rajeev – so sorry for the late ackno…yes, this is a beautiful bhajan in Yaman.
@Bghosh ji – welcome to my space. Pranaams to you as well. The gist of this song is that Mangesh (the Lord Shiva in this bhajan) is present in front and behind of us, and is looking out for me, from within me. :-)
“A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination. "
- Nelson Mandela


Shruti s nayak said

i wished i had heard this bhajan of yours early!…Mangesh Mahalakshmi :)is my mothers kula devata…a temple visited by us so many times….nice rendition of this bhajan…added to likes n favs too.


Sudha Kumar said

Thanks a lot Shruti! So sorry to have missed your comment – was away then. This is a very powerful stuti, glad you could remember your Ma’s kuladevata. :-)
“A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination. "
- Nelson Mandela


Chandrakant Page (on & off) said

Simply great performance. Excellent.
“I sing like I feel”. ….Chandrakant Page

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