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Songs of Rabindranath Tagore

Jadu Saha (Translator)
Synopsis India’s Nobel Prize winning poet, Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) said that his songs would live long after all his other works were forgotten. It has proven to be true, as today, even in the land of his birth, Tagore’s songs are better known than the rest of his literary output. His poetical works include about two thousand five hundred songs (both the lyrics and music), an endless variety of outstanding and innovative poems, plays in verse and half a dozen musical ballets. His other literary works include three volumes of world class short stories, many novels, plays in prose, numerous essays, memoir and personal letters, which were in effect, belles letters. Tagore wrote his songs and poems exclusively in his mother tongue, Bengali, and most of them in rhyme. Even more than sixty years after the poet’s death only a fraction of his songs and poems have been translated into English. More importantly, with the exception of a recent translation of his book, the Gitanjali, all other translations have so far been in prose. In this book 102 of his most popular songs from all categories have been translated in the same end rhyme as in the original Bengali. Songs can not be translated from one language to another as songs; songs are specific to a people and its culture. These translations are to be enjoyed as lyrical poems. They all sing. The language is simple, the images are familiar but the thoughts are deep, and touch all sensitive hearts. That was Rabindranath’s genius.
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About the author

Jadu Saha

Dr. Jadu Saha, after his retirement from the Canadian Civil Service as a Director General began his literary career in 2001. His poems in English have been published in American anthologies and his short stories in Bengali in magazines in the US. His first poetry book, Whispers of Silence was published in Canada in 2001 and his other translated books include Songs of Rabindranath Tagore, The Flute: Selected Poems of Rabindranath Tagore, Rabindranath Tagore’s Images of Women: Selected Poems, Rabindranath Tagore’s Portrait of Women: Selected Short Stories (Shipra Publications, Delhi).

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Bibliographic information

Title Songs of Rabindranath Tagore
Author Jadu Saha
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8175411325
length xxviii+220p.