Chitto pipashito Re (My Core is Athirst)

Brooding: Tagore Painting 


Rabindra-Sangeet (Tagore Song): Chitto Pipashito (My Core is Athirst)

Composed: 23rd Ashwin, 1302 (8th October, 1895)

Category: Prem (Love)


Bengali Lyrics:

চিত্ত পিপাসিত রে
     গীতাসুধার তরে ॥
তাপিত শুষ্কলতা     বর্ষণ যাচে যথা
কাতর অন্তর মোর লুণ্ঠিত ধূলি 'পরে
               গীতসুধার তরে ॥
আজি বসন্তনিশা,    আজি অনন্ত তৃষা,
আজি এ জাগ্রত প্রাণ    তৃষিত চকোর-সমান
               গীতসুধার তরে।
চন্দ্র অতন্দ্র নভে    জাগিছে সুপ্ত ভবে
অন্তর বাহির আজি    কাঁদে উদাস স্বরে
               গীতসুধার তরে ॥


English Script:

Chitta pipashito re

                      Gitsudhar torey.

Tapito shuskolata                barshan jache jatha

Katar antar more lunthitha dhuli pare

Gitsudhar torey.

Aji boshontanisha,                aji ananto trisha

Aji a jagroto pran       trishito chokor shaman

Gitsudhar torey

Chandra atondra novey           jagiche supto bhabey,

Antor bahirey aji                kandey udas sarey

Gitsudhar torey      


The Song in English Translation:

My core is athirst
                  For the nectar of a song.
Like the withered vine                longing for raindrops
My soul sinks in the dust       sore and athirst
                  For the nectar of a song.
Today on this stirring spring night,       today with endless drought
Today my awakened heart              is like the insatiable Chokor*
                For the nectar of a song.
The wakeful moon in a sleepless sky         gazes at the somnolent world
Today my body and soul cry out           in a vacant note     
                For the nectar of a song.


Chokor is a mythical bird that thrives only on moonlight for its food. The moon is its beloved.


Translated by Sumana Roy


The Song is Here sung by Suchitra Mitra



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