Jagorone jaye bibhabori (I Am Kept Awake The Entire Night)

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Tagore (1861-1941) with his daughter-in-law (on his right & Madhurilata, his eldest daughter on his left)

 

Rabindra-Sangeet (Tagore Song): Jagorone Jaye Bobhabori (I Am Kept Awake The Entire Night)

Composed: Ashwin, 1325 (Sept.-Oct. 1918)

Category: Prem / Shapmochon (Love / Dance- Drama: Shapmochon, meaning The End of A Curse)

 

Bengali Lyrics: 

 

জাগরণে যায় বিভাবরী–

          আঁখি হতে ঘুম নিল হরি   মরি মরি॥

              যার লাগি ফিরি একা একা– আঁখি পিপাসিত, নাহি দেখা,

তারি বাঁশি ওগো তারি বাঁশি   তারি বাঁশি বাজে হিয়া ভরি   মরি মরি॥

          বাণী নাহি, তবু কানে কানে   কী যে শুনি তাহা কেবা জানে।

              এই হিয়াভরা বেদনাতে,   বারি-ছলোছলো আঁখিপাতে,

ছায়া দোলে তারি ছায়া দোলে   ছায়া দোলে দিবানিশি ধরি   মরি মরি॥

 

The Song in English Script:

 

Jagorane jaay bibhabari

Aankhi hote ghum nilo hori, mori mori

Jar lagi phiri aka aka  aankhi pipashito, nahi dekha,

Tari banshi ogo tari banshi tari banshi baje hiya bhari mori mori

Bani nahi, tobu kane kane ki je shuni taha keba jane

Ei hiyabhora bedonate, barichholochholo aankhipate,

Chhaya dole tari chhaya dole chhaya dole dibanishi dhori mori mori

 

The Song in English Translation:

 

I am kept awake the entire night—

Sleep has been robbed of my eyes.

I, a lonesome farer seek her—   eyes thirst, she’s nowhere,

Her flute, it is her flute that plays in my heart filling it.

Voice absent yet in whisper I know not what I hear

Ache fills this heart   eyes moist

Her shadow sways; it sways; day and night does it sway.

 

 

On May 13, 1918 (the year the song is composed), Tagore’s first born, eldest daughter, Madhurilata (Bela) passes away. It’s a love song included in his Musical/Dance-Drama “Shapmochon”.

 

Translated by Sumana Roy

 

The Song is sung Here by Hemanta Mukherjee

 

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