Sunday, August 25, 2013

Bash Baganer Mathar Upor Chaand Utheche Oi - Instrumental Music of a Nostalgic Bangla Song



Instrumental music of a nostalgic Bangla song. Lyricist was Jatindramohan Bagchi (1878 - 1948), music director was Sudhin Dasgupta (1929 - 1982) and singer was Pratima Bandopadhyay. The song is about a little girl reminiscing her elder sister who has recently passed away, but the meaning of death is incomprehensible to the little girl.
Lyrics:
Bash baganer mathar upor
chaand utheche oi
Mago amaar sholok bolaa
kajlaa didi koi
Pukur pare lebur toley
Thokay thokay jonak joley
Fuler gondhey ghum ashena
Taito jegey roi
Mago amaar sholok bolaa
Kajla didi koi
Shedin hotey keno maa aar
Didirey naa dako
Didir kothay achol diye
Mukhti keno dhako
Mukhti keno dhako
Lebur toley pukur parey
Jhijhi dakey jhopey jharey
Fuler gondhey ghum ashenaa
Taito jegey roi
Ratri holo mago amaar
Kajla didi koi

My English translation (without the poetic metrics or prosody)
Above the head of bamboo garden
that moon has risen
Mother, where is my story teller
sister Kajla?
Beside the pond, under the lime tree
Bunch of fireflies glow
Sleep hasn't arrived
because of flower's fragrance
So I stay awake
Mother, where is my story teller
sister Kajla?
From that day
Why ma don't call my sister
Hearing her name
Why do you cover your face
with your garment's edge?
Why do you cover your face?
Under the lime tree, beside the pond
Jhi Jhi insects call from the bushes
Sleep hasn't arrived
because of flower's fragrance
So I stay awake
It is night, mother,
Where is my sister Kajla?

1 comment:

  1. An immortal song sung by an immortal singer of Bengal. However, I like to add that in this song 'Kajla didi' probably and more appropriately means the Grandmother (Didima) of the child. In Bengal we also call "Didima" as "Didi". Generally Thakurmas and Didimas used to tell the stories to their grandchildren. The song describes the painful searching of the little child for its 'Didima" (who is no more in this world) who used to narrate interesting stories and poems to that child.

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