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A Tribute Brought From The Old Pages Of Tagore

Discussion in 'Poetry' started by sunkan, Aug 13, 2007.

  1. sunkan

    sunkan Gold IL'ite

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    Bharat Mata, painting by Rabindranath Tagore, who was the principal artist of the Bengal school and the first major exponent of swadeshi values in Indian art.




    B ankim Chandra composed the song Vande Mataram in an inspired moment. Rabindranath Tagore sang it by setting a glorious tune to it and it was left to the genius of Shri Aurobindo to interpret the deeper meaning of the song out of which India received the philosophy of new Nationalism. He did this in English.

    An hour before Jawarhar Nehru made his famous speech “ Tryst with destiny…” on the night of 14-15 August, 1947, Vande Mataram had been sung by Smt Sucheta Kripalani at 11pm at The Constituent Assembly to whom power was to be transferred. This was followed by Pandit Nehru's “ Tryst with destiny…” at the stroke of the midnight hour.

    India was now free.



    The o riginal Bengali version of Vande Mataram

    Vande maataraM
    sujalaaM suphalaaM malayaja shiitalaaM
    SasyashyaamalaaM maataram ||

    Shubhrajyotsnaa pulakitayaaminiiM
    pullakusumita drumadala shobhiniiM
    suhaasiniiM sumadhura bhaashhiNiiM
    sukhadaaM varadaaM maataraM ||

    Koti koti kantha kalakalaninaada karaale
    koti koti bhujai.rdhR^itakharakaravaale
    abalaa keno maa eto bale
    bahubaladhaariNiiM namaami taariNiiM
    ripudalavaariNiiM maataraM ||

    Tumi vidyaa tumi dharma
    tumi hR^idi tumi marma
    tvaM hi praaNaaH shariire

    Baahute tumi maa shakti
    hR^idaye tumi maa bhakti
    tomaara i pratimaa gaDi
    mandire mandire ||

    TvaM hi durgaa dashapraharaNadhaariNii
    kamalaa kamaladala vihaariNii
    vaaNii vidyaadaayinii namaami tvaaM

    Namaami kamalaaM amalaaM atulaaM
    SujalaaM suphalaaM maataraM ||

    ShyaamalaaM saralaaM susmitaaM bhuushhitaaM
    DharaNiiM bharaNiiM maataraM |"



    And the English translation by Shree Aurobindo

    Mother, I bow to thee!
    Rich with thy hurrying streams,
    bright with orchard gleams,
    Cool with thy winds of delight,
    Dark fields waving Mother of might,
    Mother free.

    Glory of moonlight dreams,
    Over thy branches and lordly streams,
    Clad in thy blossoming trees,
    Mother, giver of ease
    Laughing low and sweet!
    Mother I kiss thy feet,
    Speaker sweet and low!
    Mother, to thee I bow.

    Who hath said thou art weak in thy lands
    When the sword flesh out in the seventy million hands
    And seventy million voices roar
    Thy dreadful name from shore to shore?
    With many strengths who art mighty and stored,
    To thee I call Mother and Lord!
    Though who savest, arise and save!
    To her I cry who ever her foeman drove
    Back from plain and Sea
    And shook herself free.

    Thou art wisdom, thou art law,
    Thou art heart, our soul, our breath
    Though art love divine, the awe
    In our hearts that conquers death.
    Thine the strength that nervs the arm,
    Thine the beauty, thine the charm.
    Every image made divine
    In our temples is but thine.

    Thou art Durga, Lady and Queen,
    With her hands that strike and her
    swords of sheen,
    Thou art Lakshmi lotus-throned,
    And the Muse a hundred-toned,
    Pure and perfect without peer,
    Mother lend thine ear,
    Rich with thy hurrying streams,
    Bright with thy orchard gleems,
    Dark of hue O candid-fair

    In thy soul, with jewelled hair
    And thy glorious smile divine,
    Lovilest of all earthly lands,
    Showering wealth from well-stored hands!
    Mother, mother mine!
    Mother sweet, I bow to thee,
    Mother great and free!


    A TRIBUTE FROM THE OLD PAGES BROUGHT TO YOU BY SUNKAN</SPAN>
     
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  2. Shanvy

    Shanvy IL Hall of Fame

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    hi sunkan,

    Nice post at a time when we are celebrating the 60th year. Will definitely copy the translation for my kids.

    thanks.
     
  3. sunkan

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    thanku shanthi,
    i am happy if ur kid gets to see the pic, previously when we had only radio this is the first song coming up , vande maatharam, and so soothing you know the programme is starting but now we hardly have the same enthusiasm and many such heritage get lost...sunkan
     
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    Dear sunkan,

    Thanks for posting Rabindranath Tagore. On any day we enjoy his poems and he thouroughly deserved the Nobel Prize for his works, mainly 'Geethanjali'. Your selection of poems is good.

    Regards,

    TDU
     
  5. sunkan

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    thanku TDU,
    for dropping in, yes i know these songs we have heard daily as young but i dont think i can vouch for my grandchildren if they come by they would know...regards sunkan
     
  6. PushpavalliSrinivasan

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    Dear Sundari,
    At the right time you had posted Rabindranath's painting and the song Vandematharam. When we were at Jamshedpur one of my friends used to sing Rabindra sangeeth. Your post just kindled my memory and I felt that I heard her melodious voice.
    Love,
    Pushpavalli
     
  7. sunkan

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    thanku pushpa,
    been hunting from yesterday for the original vande matharam, which was the opening song those days, but plenty of latest latha, and A R Rehman doing the rounds...it is so nice to hear we could kindle the old memories love sunkan
     

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