Tori Amar Hothat Dube Jaye (My Boat Sinks)

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Rabindra-Sangeet (Tagore Song): Tori Amar Hothat Dube Jaye (My Boat Sinks)

Composed: 1307 (1901)

Category: Bichitra (Miscellaneous)


Bengali Lyrics:


তরী আমার হঠাৎ ডুবে যায়

কোন্‌খানে রে কোন্ পাষাণের ঘায় ॥

          নবীন তরী নতুন চলে,   দিই নি পাড়ি অগাধ জলে—

          বাহি তারে খেলার ছলে কিনার-কিনারায় ॥

ভেসেছিলো স্রোতের ভরে,   একা ছিলেম কর্ণ ধ’রে—

লেগেছিল পালের ‘পরে মধুর মৃদু বায় ।

          সুখে ছিলেম আপন-মনে,   মেঘ ছিল না গগনকোণে—

          লাগবে তরী কুসুমবনে ছিলেম সেই আশায় ॥


The Song in English Script:


Tori aamar hathat dube jaye

Konkhane re kon pashaner ghaye.

Nabeen tori natun chale,  dii ni paari agadh jole-

Bahi taare khalar chhole kinar-kinarai.

Bhesechhilo sroter bhorey,  eka chilem karno dhore-

Legechhilo paaler pare madhur mridu baye.

Shukhe chhilem aapon-mone,  megh chhilo na gagankone-

Laagbe tori kusumbane chhilem shei ashaye.


The Song in English Translation:


My boat sinks

Who knows what hidden rock struck it.

On the maiden voyage,       I ventured not into deep waters—

I steered it playfully close to the water’s edge.

It drifted with the tide     while I was alone at the helm—

the zephyr was enough for it to be under sail.

I was blithe, buoyant      with not a cloud in the sky corner—

I had high hopes of making it to a floral shore;

when in a trice my boat sinks.



Translated by Sumana Roy

The Song is Here sung by Rezwana Choudhury Bannya



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