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.

…………………………………….. 🙂

 

 

8 thoughts on “Daily prompt : Sting, Tagore song posted and translated by Ranu

  1. Dear Ranu,

    Thank you for sharing this. What interesting lyrics about Tagore not wanting the garland around his neck.

    All good wishes,

    robert

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