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Tagore Wrote a Poem for Satyajit Ray

KavishalaKavishala June 16, 2020
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When Rabindranath Tagore Wrote a Poem for Satyajit Ray

 

Today is the birth anniversary of Satyajit Ray, Do you know Ravindra Nath Tagore wrote a poem for Satyajit Ray. When Ray was a mere boy of six, he gave Tagore a notebook to record the poet's autograph. When he got it back, to his surprise, it contained, along with the autograph, this small poem:

 

বহু দিন ধোরে, বহু ক্রোশ দুরে
বহু ব্য্য় কোরি, বহু দেশ ঘুরে
দেখিতে গিযাছি পর্বত্ মালা, দেখিতে গিযাছি সিন্ধু দেখা হয় নাই দু চোখ মেলিযা ঘর হোতে শুধু দুই পা ফেলিযা এক্তি ধানের শিশের উপর এক্তি শিশির বিন্দু
The poem can be translated thus:
For many a year, I have travelled many a mile to lands far away I've gone to see the mountains, the oceans I've been to view.
But I failed to see that lay.
Not two steps from my home.
On a sheaf of paddy grain - a glistening drop of dew.

 

Years later, Ray emerged as not only India's but also one of the world's pre-eminent film-makers.

He stunned audiences with stories steeped in gritty neo-realism. His success in turn inspired yet another generation of master storytellers.

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