Where will I find the one that I seek?

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Where shall I meet him
The Man of my Heart?
He is lost to me
And I seek him wandering
From land to land.

I am listless for that moonrise of beauty,
which is to light my life,
which I long to see in the fullness of vision
in gladness of heart

Because I feel inadequate in expressing the … (read more)

Where shall I meet him
The Man of my Heart?
He is lost to me
And I seek him wandering
From land to land.

I am listless for that moonrise of beauty,
which is to light my life,
which I long to see in the fullness of vision
in gladness of heart

Because I feel inadequate in expressing the emotion behind this song - the simplicity grips me when I try to translate .. here is an excerpt from Tagore's own narration - he very eloquently puts into words the hesitation that I feel every time I try to translate .. because when translated -the simplicity and the ardor is lost and therefore the beauty.

"The first Baul song, which I chanced to hear with any attention, profoundly stirred my mind. Its words are so simple that it makes me hesitate to render them in a foreign tongue, and set them forward for critical observation. Besides, the best part of a song is missed when the tune is absent; for thereby its movement and its colour are lost, and it becomes like a butterfly whose wings have been plucked. The first line may be translated thus: 'Where shall I meet him, the Man of my Heart?' This phrase, 'the Man of my Heart,' is not peculiar to this song, but is usual with the Baul sect. It means that, for me, the supreme truth of all existence is in the revelation of the Infinite in my own humanity. 'The Man of my Heart,' to the Baul, is like a divine instrument perfectly tuned. He gives expression to infinite truth in the music of life. And the longing for the truth which is in us, which we have not yet realised, breaks out in the "Ami Kothay Pabo Tare" ( Where will I find him?). The name of the poet who wrote this song was Gagan. He was almost illiterate; and the ideas he received from his Baul teacher found no distraction from the self-consciousness of the modern age."


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