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Kya Tum Kebal Ek Tasveer - Rabindra Sang…eet

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2 Feb, 2016

Photograph of a person remains but the person may not be around forever. Is that picture simply some colors painted on a paper or it is something more, some memory or inspirations to others? Isn't a picture true like the planet and stars?

Rabindranath wrote many poems getting inspiration from pictures drawn by others. It is one such poem. As usual in the first stanza he narrates the situation and in the second stanza he deals with inner meaning.

Fans used to celebrate his birthday in Santiniketan and many other places as he was a living legend. In most places his photograph was garlanded in the function where he could not attend. Poet is asking, when he will not be around, whether his picture will be able to carry the same impression / inspiration. The attached picture is a self portrait of Rabindranath.

I have recorded two versions. Uploading softer version here and louder version in facebook.

About the song : Tumi ki kebal i chhabi (Are you simply a picture)
Chapter : Bichitro (Miscellaneous)
Taal : Kaharwa
Raag : Kanara
Written on : 1914

Hemant Kumar rendition in bengali : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0AO8RlblCZo

Lyrics translation:

kya tum kebal ek tasveer
---- Are you simply a picture?
sirf kagaj mein likha
-----Drawn only on a paper?
wohi jo dur mein niharika
---- Those far away galaxies
jisse karte huye bheer / asman ke neer
---- who are crowding the nest of sky
wohi jo din raat phir
---- who, day and night,
chalte hai andhera mein roshni ke panthi
---- are moving in the darkness like symbol of light
graha tara sab hi
----- those planets and stars,
kya tum ussi ki tarah sach nahi
---- Are you not true like them ?
hai tasbeer, (mere) pyare tasveer
---- Alas my picture, my beloved picture

ankho ke samne ho nahi
---- You are not around infront of eye
ankho ke bich mein tum hoga ka(n)yi
---- But you are somewhere in my mind
aaj bhi jeevan rang se hariyali, nilima se nil
---- Still today, you are green with life and blue like moonlight
mera akhil vabna mein tum laate ho hriday ka mil
---- In my world thinking, you bring the rhythm of heart
nahi jane, koi na jane
---- Nobody knows
tera dhun baja mere geeton mein
---- that your tune rings in my songs
sayar ke hriday par tum sayar veer
---- In the mind of a poet, you are a poet hero
kabhi nahi, kabhi nahi, nahi kebal tasveer
---- Never never you are just a picture

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