In Shakespeare’s play Twelfth Night, Orsinio was so frustrated in his courtship of Olivia, he asked for more music, thinking excessive music will cure his love. I know more food can cure hunger. But Music I do not think can cure love.
I like songs sung by singers who are professionals. There are some songs I like which I can continue to listen several times.
One song that deserves mention is Tagore’s song, ‘Forever Me.’ I listened thirteen times, but did not want to continue because the owner might think I’m crazy.
I still love it but I cannot embed the song because I’m not allowed by the owner.
If I only translate the lyrics and publish it, the reader won’t feel the sound of music,
What is symphony? it’s a pleasing arrangement of colors, and shapes.
Translation by Ranu:
For the prompt, “Symphony,” I used Tagore’s song and translated it in English. In my mind it has music, and portrays thoughts of the poet. There is rhythm in it and Hemant Kumar’s unusual voice is sweet and pleasing to one’s ears.
Your words alone are not enough, my friend and beloved,
from time to time, I’d like to feel your touch as well,
I have no idea how to quench my day’s thirst and relief of exhaustion from the day’s walk.
I’m trying to convey to you how it’s fulfilled by your presence,
My heart wants to give, it’s not satisfied with receiving alone.
Extend your hand, put it in mine,
I want to hold it, fill it and keep it with me.
It will help my loneliness, o my friend and beloved!
You get to spend a day at your favorite movie.Tell us which one it is– and what happens to you while you are there?
Yesterday I watched my favorite movie on YouTube, the title of the movie is, “Shaapmochone ” meaning is , “Release from a curse.” It is a Bengali movie, I love watching them on YouTube .
It’s the story of a young man whose great grandpa was cursed by his music teacher. Great grandpa was singing and playing a musical instrument in a big hall, where all the renowned people were gathered to listen to his music. The music teacher heard the voice of his student, he felt proud, he went inside without invitation, he did not care , he started talking to his pupil( i.e great grandpa. )
His pupil denied knowing him and told him to leave. This was an insult he did not expect. In his anger, he told him, “I am cursing you, in future, none of your descendants will ever be able to play any kind of instrument or sing, if they try they will either die at a young age or will be an invalid rest of their life.”
Great grandpa died soon after the curse and from then on any member of his family who tried to sing or play a musical instrument either died or were invalid.
The young man’s older brother went blind after he tried to sing and play music. The main character of this movie was the young man. When he realized it was a serious curse, he decided not to pursue a career in music.
I think my presence in this movie will be to figure out, how I can release these descendants from the curse. So I go in and I suggest that they(the descendants) can get release from the curse, if they feed at least two poor families and in return pray for them so they are not cursed any more.The only problem is the script is written already. How will my presence help.
I think I will go on the set, and provide some food and drink to the actors. Uttam Kumar (The main character) gives the impression of a nice man, so I’ll follow him everywhere. If he notices I’m not supposed to be there he’ll get the guards to throw me out. I don’t think I will feel comfortable inside the movie. The language will not be a problem, my mother tongue is Bengali.
I can see I will come out angry and put a curse on the people who put me there. No it will not work. I’d rather sit in front of my computer and watch the movie again!!
This movie is long just watch a few scenes until the teacher enters in the hall and curses the singer.
Tell us something most people probably don’t know about you.
I have two names, one is Ranu which is a nickname, my family members and close relatives call me Ranu. Most of my relatives do not know my second name.
My second name is Chaman, my classmates and my school friends call me Chaman.
I do not have too many friends, because I’m not outgoing. I like spending time at home. I dislike going out in the evening, sometimes I’m forced to go out.
Rice is my favorite food. I love spicy food, I avoid eating bland food.
I love vegetables, but I do not care for fruits.
Among proteins I enjoy any kind of fish. I am not fond of chicken, I eat it. I find chicken tasteless, no matter how many different spices I use to cook it, I do not find it that good. Beef is my favorite meat. I can cook it many different ways.
I love learning languages, lately I haven’t tried to learn a new language. I find Spanish easier to learn than French.
I am very fond of music, my favorite singers are Mohammed Rafi, Lata, Tagore, Talat Mehmood and Celine Dion. Celine is a French Canadian singer, the rest are from India.
My favorite pastime is blogging, reading novels in three languages, the languages are: Bengali(my mother tongue) Urdu I learned to speak, read and write in school . I have tons of novels in English.
Right now I’m reading, “The American Dervish”, I read almost all the books written by Paolo Coelho.
I spend a lot of time with my feline friends : Gabriel and Raphael.
Write about the subject you usually blog about as if you were a music critic.
I do write blog posts on a variety of topics. Somehow I find the prompts given are directed towards my skills or my favorites. Sometimes it’s about Music, where I grew up , my family, cooking, my likes and dislikes.
One of the recent ones was where I lived at age twelve. I enjoyed writing it , it brought back so many pleasant memories.
The part about my taste in music thrilled me I had the opportunity of writing who my favorite singers are was marvellous.
Sometimes we were told to write poetry and were assured we’d get extra points for it, although poetry is not my thing, I did give it a try, Whether those extra points were given to me I’m not aware, maybe it’s a way of tempting us.
The subject of cooking and eating does come up once in a while as a prompt, I love writing about my favorite food.
When I think of Art, I imagine drawing, I’m not good at it, of course if I think I’m not good at something, I refuse to spend time on it.
A hundred years from now, a major museum is running an exhibition on life and culture as it was during our current historic period. You’re asked to write an introduction for the show’s brochure. What will it say?
Culture and life in Bangladesh 21st century: Bangladesh is mostly ethnically homogeneous, 98.5% are of Bangladeshis are of the Bengali ethno-linguistic group. 98 % of Bangladeshis are fluent in standard Bengali or Bengali dialects as their first language.
Religion: Majority of Bangladeshis are Muslims and constitute 86% of the population, followed by Hindus 12%, those who practiced other religions are only 1%.
The culture of Bangladesh is composite and over the centuries has assimilated influences of Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Christianity.
It has manifested in various forms, including music, dance, drama , Arts and Crafts; folklore and folktale; languages and literature; Philosophy and Religion, ; festivals and celebrations as well as distinct cuisine and culinary tradition.
Festivals and dance styles of Bangladesh may be divided into three categories such as classical,folk and modern.Festival celebrations are Pohela baisakh, Independence Day, Eid-al Fitr, Eid-al- adha, Durga Puja and Language movement Day.
Cuisine:Fish and Rice are the staple food of Bangladesh
This is a preparation of rice for special occasions, normally Bengalis eat boiled rice with fish.
Tell us about a sensation,a taste, a smell, a piece of music– that transports you back to childhood.
There is a song, the lyrics are written by Tagore, it is in Bengali, which is my mother tongue.Every time I hear it, I recall the day I heard it, how much I loved it and felt I could listen to this forever.
Here is the song, I copied it from Youtube:
In this song Tagore talks about his passing, he says everything will be the same, only his footsteps will be missing, the boats will be there buying and selling will go on like before, he reminds his readers and fans to stop thinking about him and calling him.
There will be signs of his absence, such as his musical instrument will be full of dust, his house will have thorny creepers growing around it. His garden will be covered with weeds and thick grass. Moss and lichen will surround the pond, reminding everyone that their favorite poet is no longer there.
Then he assures us he won’t be gone forever, he’d be back with a new name, will have new friends and will be back on the playground having a great time.
What’s your biggest regret?How would your life have been different if you’d made another decision?
We are human beings after all, we are never satisfied with what we have we feel life would be different if we made a different choice.
As a child growing up I loved to learn to sing, because music was my favorite, I loved to listen,sing, I enjoyed it immensely. My mother thought it should only be heard and enjoyed, it wasn’t something you spend your days learning, in other words it was not a career her child should choose.
She wanted her children to have the right education, music wasn’t one of them. So I studied, art,history,geography and all the other subjects which counts to have good education.
Regrets,sure mine was I could have studied and learned to sing as well,but that was not an option, I was only twelve or perhaps thirteen,what did I know, at that age I needed guidance and my mom helped me with it.
Time they say heals all wounds, I suppose mine is healed too.
Music plays a big role in my life. Whenever I’m sad I think about certain songs and quietly sing to feel better.
From a very early age I was fascinated with songs and their lyrics. I started with ,”my mind to me a kingdom is, such perfect joy therein I find.” I was very young when we were taught this song in school. Something about the tune caught my fancy. I’ve never forgotten it.
This was followed by songs in my language. I am a Bengali and Tagore became my idol. I can sit and listen to his songs for a long time. I’m never tired or bored. Music gives me the kind of encouragement I need in times when I am frustrated and am at a loss about what to do with myself.It has a calming effect on me. I’m sure this happens to other people too.
I love Hindi and Urdu songs as well. Now that I understand the lyrics it gives me a lot of pleasure listening and singing.
Sometimes I feel unhappy because I wasn’t allowed to have a musical instrument and a teacher who could give me voice lessons. My family was against it because according to them my education would suffer.
The time has passed, but my love for music hasn’t changed one iota.
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