Nostalgic Bengali songs and poetry

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#31 Jul 2nd, 2011, 17:08
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During our college days these little magazines were very popular. It was a kind of parallel literature. Apart from well known writters like Sunil Ganguly(I think he used a pen name Neel Lohit) many aspiring writters contributed to these magazines and often we found real gems. The editorial work for many such magazines were carried out over cups of coffee and packets of Charminar in the Coffee House. Since publishing these magazines didn't cost much soon there were thousands of them and keeping in pace poets sprouted out in equal numbers.One had to exercise great caution while entering the coffee house!
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3 days, and not one post? hmmm :-)
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A little something from Clinton B. Seely, on Jibonanando's poetry.
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Originally Posted by jyotirmoy View Post During our college days these little magazines were very popular. It was a kind of parallel literature. Apart from well known writters like Sunil Ganguly(I think he used a pen name Neel Lohit) many aspiring writters contributed to these magazines and often we found real gems. The editorial work for many such magazines were carried out over cups of coffee and packets of Charminar in the Coffee House. Since publishing these magazines didn't cost much soon there were thousands of them and keeping in pace poets sprouted out in equal numbers.One had to exercise great caution while entering the coffee house!
Book Fair still keeps a section for them where each magazine gets a small table. In South Calcutta, there is a magazine seller near Rashbehari Morh who still stocks some of the little magazines.
Sunil Gangopadhyay uses the Nil-lohit (meaning blue and red) pen name for a certain genre of his writing. Similarly Samaresh Basu used to use a pen name Kalkut (scorpion).
Incidentally Coffee House used to be mighty expensive for a lot of us. Consistently pauper, we always consciously avoided it.
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If you didn't know, today (July 19) is the birth anniversary of Dwijendralal Roy, commonly known as D.L. Roy. His songs are collectively known as 'Dwijendrageeti'. Here's the wiki page on him and here's a blog page.

In his memory, here's a few of his songs.

1. Dhono dhanyo pushpe bhora, aamader ei boshundhora (Laden with riches, paddy and flowers is our world).

2. Bongo aamar, jononi aamar (My Bengal, my Mother)

3. Bharat aamar Bharatborsho (youtube video has a translation)

4. Bela boye jaaye, chotto moder panshi tori, shonge ke ke jaabi aay (Time is running out, small is our dinghy, whoever wants to join me, come along).

5. Oi Mahashindhu'r opar theke, ki shongeet bheshe aashey (what are those strains, which come floating in, from the other side of The Great Ocean).

Enjoy!
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How about jhan jhan jhan jhan manjira by Sachin Dev Burman?
Listen http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdKTDs8oda8
Enjoy!
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oh yeah Alohaguy, a gem of a song. thanks for posting this ... listened to it after a long time.

P.S: don't think it's a Dwijendrageeti though.
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Thanks for those links Arindam; I'd never heard of Dwijendrageeti before.


quick question: does boshundhora mean world?
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Yes . You're learning Bengali fast, Julia!
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Great arindamda! This shows that if you want to stick to your roots, you can do so by staying in any part of the world; and if you don't want to you can't even being right in the middle. I am quite sure many Bengalis would not know that it was D.R Roy's birthday yesterday, I was one of them.
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Bosundhora = earth. So, in a restricted sense, yes.
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awww sagarneel, thanks for that compliment. as the years turn, the urge to return to my roots, musical and otherwise, grows stronger by the day. having listened to all different kinds of music over the years, Bengali CD's are what you will find me listening to 99.99% of the time these days.

Julia, you already have your answer.
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bosundhora = earth

Is this poetic usage?
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I would say classical usage. It's a Sanskrit word originally. It's a popular name for women as well. Vasundhara Raje Scindia, for example.
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suricate is right, boshundhora = earth, but when translating, the word 'earth' does not have that *ring* to it ... you know what I mean ... that's why I went with world.
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