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Lyric and background history of song chalo jai chalo

Song of Rabindranath Tagore


This page contains lyric of Tagore song chalo jai chalo 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: Swadesh (39)

Taal: Kaharwa

Raag: Khambaj

Written on: 1937

Swarabitan: 47

Notation by: Shailajaranjan Majumdar

Notes: Composed on request from Shyama Prosad Mukhopadhyay for the establishment day celebration of the University. Later the song was accepted to be sung by the girls of the ashram while going to the prayer hall all in a queue.

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Transliteration in English

Chalo jai, Chalo, jai Chalo, jai - 
Chalo pode pode satyero chhonde
Chalo durjoyo pranero anonde
Chalo muktipothe,
Chalo bignobipodojoyee monorothe
Koro chhinno, koro chhinno, koro chhinno - 
Swapnokuhok koro chhinno.
Theko na jorito aborudhho
Jorotar jorjoro bondhe.
Bolo joy bolo, joy bolo, joy - 
Muktir joy bolo bhai.
Chalo durgomoduropothojatri Chalo dibaratri,
Koro joyojatra,
Chalo bohi nirbhoyo birjer barta
Bolo joy bolo, joy bolo, joy - 
Satyer joy bolo bhai.
Duur koro songsoyosonkar bhar,
Jao choli timirodigontero paar.
Keno jaye din haye dushchintar dwandhe -
Chalo durjoyo praner anonde.
Chalo jyotirloke   jagroto chokhe - 
Bolo joy bolo, joy bolo, joy - 
Bolo nirmolo jyotir joy bolo bhai.
Hao mrityutoron uttirno,
Jak, jak bhenge jak jaha jirno.
Chalo abhoy amritomoy loke, ajor ashoke,
Bolo joy bolo, joy bolo, joy - 
Amriter joy bolo bhai.

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