My favourite songs 1: Ekla Chalo re

I want to start a series where I would like to give a link to my favourite songs and also give the lyrics and meaning. Here's the first one.  Ekla Chalo Re, is a Bengali patriotic song written by Rabindranath Tagore in 1905. The song exhorts the listener to continue his or her journey, despite abandonment or lack of support from others. The song is often quoted in the context of political or social change movements. Mahatma Gandhi, who was deeply influenced by this song, cited it as one his favorite songs.
Here are links to three versions: the first, by the one and only Kishore Kumar, the second, a sensitive rendering by  Shreya Ghoshal, and yes, the third is Amitabh Bacchhan's from Kahani. It is good too. The lyrics and the translation follow.

Kishore Kumar:
Shreya Ghoshal:
Amitabh Bacchhan:

Jodi tor daak shune keu naa ashe tobe ekla cholo re
 (Tobe ekla cholo, ekla cholo, ekla cholo, ekla cholo re)2

Jodi keu kothaa naa koye, ore ore o abhaagaa, keu kothaa na koye
(Jodi shobai thaake mukh phiraaye shobai kore bhoye)2
Tobe poraan khule (o tui mukh phute tor moner kothaa, eklaa bolo re)2

Jodi shobai phire jaaye, ore ore o abhaagaa, shobai phire jaaye
(Jodi gohan pothe jaabaar kaale keu phire naa chaaye)2
Tobe pothera kaantaa (o tui rokto maakhaa choronatole eklaa dolo re)2

Jodi aalo naa dhore, ore ore o abhaagaa, aalo na dhore
(Jodi jhor-baadole aadhaara raate duyaar deye ghore)2
Tobe bajraanole (aapon buker paajor jaaliye niye ekalaa jolo re)

If they answer not to thy call walk alone.
If they are afraid and cower mutely facing the wall,
O thou unlucky one,
open thy mind and speak out alone.
If they turn away, and desert you when crossing the wilderness,
O thou unlucky one,
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 unlucky one,
with the thunder flame of pain ignite thy own heart
and let it burn alone.

Music is a very important aspect of my life, and is sure to drive away those low times. I hope to come back to these posts again and again when I need to feel good.


Anonymous said…
felt really good listening to this song by all the three singers posted in the blog.very inspiring song,indeed.thanks for the post.hope many more will listen to the song.jaya

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