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Lyric and background history of song aha jagi pohalo bibhabori

Song of Rabindranath Tagore

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This page contains lyric of Tagore song aha jagi pohalo bibhabori and its transliteration in English with background history. Background of the song includes the place and date of the song written by Rabindranath, name of the newspaper or magazine the song was first published in and the name of the person who had prepared the notation or swaralipi. This page also contains the musical composition of song like parjaay, taal, raag and ango.

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Parjaay: Prem (139)

Upa-parjaay: Prem-Boichitra

Taal: Tritaal

Raag: Bhairav

Written on: 1895 (15 Ashwin 1302)

Place: Shilaidaha

Collection: Shephali

Swarabitan: 50 (Shephali)

Notation by: Dinendranath Tagore / Jyotirindranath Tagore

Notes: This song was written on 1st October 1895 while the poet's stay in a floating boat on the mighty Padma river near Silaidaha.

It was his practice to stay afloat for a few days enjoying isolation. This time his co-passengers were Balendranath, who was twenty four years old and Rathindranath who was yet to cross his eighth year. A storm had hit the area on the previous night and the tormented poet had to spend the whole night sleepless. This was mentioned in one of his letters to Tthakurdas Mukhopadhyay on the next day, 2nd October (16th Aashwin) -

... We have been experiencing quite a stormy weather. More or less like a cyclone ... I am especially worried for Bolu and Rathi ...

A close description is seen in 'Rabindra Sangeet' by Shantideb Ghosh. Another description is provided by Kshitimohan Sen -

... The poet used to stay in the boat very often on the mighty Padma river in his youth. He used to keep one or two young kids with him whenever possible. Once in a similar situation a cyclone had hit. The catastrophic weather continued for almost the entire night. The poet had somehow passed the night tightly holding the tormented child against himself. It calmed down with the glimpse of crimson creeping out from the cleavages of the clouds in the morning. And the poet came out with a brand new composition ...

Aaha jaagi pohalo bibhabori

Klanto nayon tabo sundari ...

Several other personalities like Dinendranath Tagore, Pulin Bihari Sen have mentioned this song in their writings which means that this song and its background were well-known.


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Transliteration in English

Aaha, jaagi pohaalo bibhaabori
Ati Klaanta nayon tabo sundori
Mlaan prodip ushaanilochanchal, paandur shashadhar gato-astaachal
Mucho aankhijal, chal sakhi chal, ange nilanchal sambari
Sharatprobhat niramoy nirmal, shaanta samire komal parimal
Nirjan banotal sisirsushital, pulakaakul taruballori
Birahoshayoney pheli molin maalika eso nabobhubane eso go baalika
Gnaathi laho aanchale nabo shephalika aloke nabin phulomanjari.

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