I heard about Rabindranath Tagore when I first came to Bangladesh. He was a very popular poet. There used to be recitation contest in schools,the most used poems were those written by Tagore. My sister’s friend played a Tagore song to entertain me. As soon as I heard the song,I sat up and listened,the friend knew I liked the song,she asked me if I wanted to hear it again I nodded my head, she watched me and kept on playing the song. After playing a number of times,she asked me if I wanted to hear it again,and also reminded me she had played the song thirteen times already.I was embarrassed and said no. Imagine hearing the same song thirteen times. I managed to remember the lyrics and the tune. I had no trouble singing the song.
Since that time I read Tagore’s novels,poems and songs. When I started blogging one of my online course participant advised me to translate Tagore’s poems.I have translated quite a few.
We, Bengalees are very proud of our poet. Thanks to YouTube I am able to listen to his songs.