23 November 2009

Ekla Chalo

This is one of those few times when I hear a song and get so hooked to it, that i will be listening for days and weeks, whole day long, till i actually get bored of it. Few days back, i had attended the MIT diwali party with some friends. The company and dinner was awesome, but the performances put up by them were only mediocre. The only good thing that came out of sitting through those performances, was that i came across this song: "ekla chalo re" from Bose-The forgotten hero. Now many might know it already, but I did not, and loved it the moment I heard it. Sonu Nigam, who has sung the hindi version, proved once again that he is the best! I actually got goosebumps while listening to that song. After a lot of searching, I was finally able to download the song (its apparently not on youtube), and it took a few seconds for it to travel to my ipod. And from that time, I have been abusing the poor song like anything. The moment i wake up, I will put it on my laptop, in a loop. I will put it in a loop while im driving. and will be listening to it for most part of the day on my ipod, at work. No matter where I go for rest of the day, I will have it blaring in my ears 70% of the day.
After 3 weeks of ekla chalo-ing, im finally bored of the song!
But that does not change the fact that its a super song. With super lyrics (written by Tagore). A little bit of research told me that its one of the songs of "Rabindra Sangeet" canon. The original song is in Bengali, but following is the English translation of the song (from Wiki):

If they answer not to thy call walk alone,
If they are afraid and cower mutely facing the wall,
O thou of evil luck,
open thy mind and speak out alone.

If they turn away, and desert you when crossing the wilderness,
O thou of evil luck,
trample the thorns under thy tread,
and along the blood-lined track travel alone.

If they do not hold up the light when the night is troubled with storm,
O thou of evil luck,
with the thunder flame of pain ignite thy own heart
and let it burn alone.

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