What comes to mind when I mention Rabindranath Tagore? That Rabindranath was a poet—or perhaps your initial assumption was that he was the author of our national song. He is much more than just a poet and the author of our national anthem, though. In addition to poetry, Mr. Tagore was a musician and composer. His poetry is very well-known and highly regarded for its musical quality and ease of turning into songs with a little melody. Rabindranath once said that a song picks up where a poem leaves off, and the power of music can convey his message more effectively than mere words. He delighted in using music to share his ideals, a method he also employed in his poems.

Since some of you may even be aware of this already, I won’t act as though I know it all. We’ll talk about some of the best tunes he gave us during his lifetime over here. However, I wanted to share with you one more fascinating detail about Mr. Tagore before we get started. As you may know, his real name is Robindronath Thakur. However, the British couldn’t pronounce him correctly, so they gave him the title Tagore. That’s how we came to know him as Rabindranath Tagore. 

It is said that his first song was composed when he was just 12 years old, however some believe that he was 14 years old when his first song was composed. Next, he wrote “Jval jval chita dvigun dvigun” for his older brother Jyotirindranath Tagore’s drama Sarojini. Two of his songs were published in print the same year as hindu mela offerings. One, ‘Tomari tare ma sa’pinu e deha’ (O mother, this body of mine is dedicated to you), was certainly composed by Tagore; however, some believe that ‘Ek sutre bandhiyachhi sahasrati man’ (I have tied a thousand minds with one string) was written by or set to music by Jyotirindranath Tagore. ‘Tomari tare ma 85’ was undoubtedly Tagore’s first song, if he wrote it at the age of twelve. This indicates that he spent 68 years writing music. Every one of his 2,232 tracks is collected in his Gitabitan.

His song “Tomari tare ma sa’pinu e deha, is a beautifully composed song that evokes deep emotions in its audience. Sung in a strong sense of devotion and submission to a higher force, lyrics such as “Tomari tore maa sonpinu e deho. tomari tore maa, sonpinu praan means “for You, O Mother, I offer my life” in English. The song portrays a moving picture of spiritual connection and everlasting trust as the words go, “Tomari shoke e aankhi baroshibe, e bina tomari gaahibe gaan” (Your sadness will fill these eyes, without You, songs will cease to exist). Its poetic language and soft, melodic music combine to provide a profound experience that encourages introspection and calm. 

Amar Shonar Bangla–  In 1905, Rabindranath Tagore composed “Amar Shonar Bangla” as a protest against the British administration’s division of Bengal Province. This iconic song, popular throughout the early 20th century, served as both a romantic ode to Bengal and a rallying cry for its unity and sovereignty. It remains a powerful and nostalgic reminder of Bengal’s culture and landscapes, connecting listeners to the region’s rich heritage and spirit. 

It is a heartfelt tribute to Bengal. Its melody and music resonate with the rich culture and landscapes, stirring pride and nostalgia. It unites people with the region’s beauty and soul by acting as an emotional bridge.

Aamare jodi jaagale aaji naath,” a composition by Rabindranath Tagore, masterfully captures the yearning of humanity for a divine connection. Aamare jodi jaagale aaji naath, Phiro naa tabe phiro naa, karo koruno aankhipaat (If You wake me up today, do not send me back, do not turn me away) are the lyrics’ fervent plea to the divine. One has a strong sense of spiritual introspection and a desire for a closer relationship with something bigger when listening to this composition. Those who listen are profoundly affected by Tagore’s artistic skill and spiritual wisdom.

“Phule Phule Dhole Dhole” is a beautiful song that wonderfully conveys the finer details of the beauty of nature. The English translation of the words, “Phule phule dhole dhole bahe kiba mridu baay,” conjures up images of softly caressing leaves and wind. It appears as though the lovely breeze is causing flowers and leaves to swing in a delicate dance. The song cultivates a profound respect for nature around us as it leads us to reflect on the wonders of nature and how they relate to the human heart.


Dure kothay dure dure song

This song reflects Tagore’s poetic genius as he explores themes of distance, longing, and the relentless quest for an unknown destination.When the singer says ” Dure kothay dure dure, Aamar mon beray go ghure ghure” it is expressing a profound sense of longing and a wandering spirit. The singer’s heart roams far and wide, echoing the song’s title, “Far Away, Far Away.” The verse,”Je bnaashite baatas knaade sei bnaashitir sure sure”, vividly describes a windswept landscape where the wind itself seems to hum the tune of destruction, representing the impermanence of life. The song delves into the universal human experience of searching for meaning and purpose. As one listens to this piece, they are taken on a reflective journey that resonates with the human desire for both internal and external exploration and discovery. Those who are moved by this lovely work are left with a lasting mark by Tagore’s great talent.


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