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Lyric and background history of song gagoner thale robi

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This page contains lyric of Tagore song gagoner thale robi 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: Puja O Prarthana (1)

Taal: Jhaptaal

Raag: Desh

Written on: 1875 (11 Magh 1281)

Published in: Tatwabodhini Patrika

Swarabitan: 64

Notation by: Kangalicharan Sen

Bhanga Gaan: Derived from a Punjabi song Gaganome Thal….

Notes: First sung on the occasion of 45th annual Maghotsava celebration on 25th January 1875 (11 Maagh, 1281B) at the Aadi Brahmosamaj Mandir. It appeared on the 209th page of Phalgun, 1281B edition of Tattwabodhini magazine.

'Brahmasangeet-Swaralipi' published from the Aadi Brahmosamaj desrcibes this as written by Jyotirindranath Tagore. Indira devi mentioned this song in the Visvabharati magazine (1356B), 3rd no. 8th ed. - 'This translation by Jotirindranath is almost a literal one. ... people are often confused assuming this to be a Rabindranath's composition.'

This song happens to be a translation of the first part of a Bhajan, composed by Guru Nanak. Confusion arising about the translator was resolved by Rabindranath himself accepting it as his work. Reference is found in the 'Shanibaarer Chitthi' (ed- Maagh, 1346B, pg- 590) - ' Although, the 2nd part of 'Brahmasangeet-Swaralipi' published from the Aadi Brahmosamaj desrcibes this as written by Jyotirindranath Tagore, according to Rabindranath it is his work.'

Maharshi Debendranath had heard this song for the first time when he had visited the famous Golden Temple at Amritsar in the year 1857. A description of the song being sung at the temple can be seen in his book 'Atmajiboni',

- ... It was evening when I reached the temple. Arati was in progress. The main priest was offering the Arati, 'pancha-pradip' held by the right hand and several Sikh devotees stood in a line behind him. They sang in a deep voice -

Gaganome Thaal, Ravi Chandra Dipak Bane...

Rabindranath had visited the Golden Temple in the year 1873. It is possible that he too had listened to the Bhajan written by Guru Nanak. It was translated by Rabindranath around this time and may be its tune was composed by his father Debendtanath. Whether this song can be earmarked as a Rabindra sangeet the question remains a bit doubtful, although, this happens to be the first song written by him which was presented at a public gathering.

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Gagoner thaale robi chandra dipok jale,
Tarokamondol chomke moti re.
Dhup moylanil, pobon chamor kore,
Sokol bonoraji phulanto joyti re. 
Kemon arati, hay bhabokhondon, tobo aroti-
Anahoto sobdo bajonto bhari re.

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