Daily prompt : Sting, Tagore song posted and translated by Ranu
In response to prompt : Sting
When I read the prompt Sting, somehow my attention was directed to Tagore’s song : Ei monihar amai nahe shaje
Monihar means a collection of Tagore’s songs. There is a story why Tagore wrote the lyrics of this song. According to another singer, Tagore did not get any recognition for his writings, no one paid attention to him. when he received the Nobel prize for literature, a group of famous authors went to his Shantiniketon school to congratulate him.
Tagore was offended by this sudden recognition from the famous Bengalis who had no time for him, who came with garlands to congratulate him, after he got the Nobel Prize.
This is when he wrote the lyrics of this song.
This garland does not suit me,
It hurts when I try to wear it,
It pains when I try to tear it.
It restrains my voice,
I’m unable to speak.
It disturbs me so I cannot pay attention to my work.
This is why I wait to put this
Garland around your neck,
Only then I will breathe a sigh of relief.
Receive me with the string of the garland,
This sudden recognition embarrasses me,
And I’m ashamed to show my face!
He wrote the lyrics and showed it to his favorite sister-in-law.
Thank you for sharing this. What interesting lyrics about Tagore not wanting the garland around his neck.
All good wishes,
Thank you. 🙂
Very interesting. Thanks for sharing the background to this song.
Thank you, Sonya. 🙂
Thank you for the translation and the background story 🙂 I did not know it.
It took Tagore to get a Nobel Prize, to get recognition from his own people.
It’s no wonder, he felt the pain. Thanks for your comment. 🙂
Very nicely translated, Ranu!
Thank you so much, Philippa. 🙂