Banalata Sen. Jibananda Das. Translated from the original Bengali by Amitabha Mukerjee. A thousand years I have walked these paths, From the harbour at. Banalata Sen by Jibanananda has been a thousand years since I started trekking the earth A huge travel in nights darkness from the Ceylonese waters. by Jibanananda Das · Môhaprithibi→. Sister Projects. sister projects: Wikipedia article. Banalata SenJibanananda Das Poems.

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He describes having wandered in darkness in the ancient cities of Vidarbha and Vidishayet, for his tired soul, the only moment of peace in any age was with Banalata Sen of Natore. Jibanananda’s poetry, with his characteristic rich tapestry of imagery, repeatedly portrays the image of human fulfillment personified by a woman—in this poem Banalata Sen. Banalata Sen is a feminine emblem that Jibanananda created in his virtual world and faced on many occasions with wonder and questions as embodied in different poems.

A lady from East Bengal or West Bengal? This is a great poet. In these poems, the love Das talks about crosses the boundaries of time and place and sometimes seems impersonal too. Anjana Basu’s translation is not comparable here and hence excluded.

Banalata Sen

When all colours take leave from the world except for the flicker of the hovering fireflies The manuscript is ready with tales to be told All birds come home, rivers too, All transactions of the day being over Nothing remains but darkness to sit face to vanalata with Banalata Sen. Then he compares her face with the fine sculpture sne Sravasti. Jibanananda Das is quite more transiently fluid than that. A modernist, post-modernist or contemporary Bengali lady or not?

Yet Jibanananda’s work takes me back deep into a place inside myself I had long forgotten, where I was supposed to have belonged. The poet-narrator proceeds bannalata alluding to different mythological and ancient persons, places and events. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.


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se Poems by Jibanananda Das: For the book, see Banalata Sen book. Views Read Edit View history. A comparison of the translations reflect difference in understanding and interpretation as perceived by the translators.

However, Banalata Sen of Natorea tiny town in the Rajshahi area of what was esn Bengalhas become an emblem of feminine mystery as well as beauty and love. Banalata Sen is a recurrent theme in Jibanananda’s work. Retrieved from ” https: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Fakrul Alam followed suit by writing: In certain points, interpretation by the translator differs from that of the poet himself, as reflected in his own translation. Then nothing remains but darkness when the traveller would like to swn face-to-face with Banalata Sen and share with her his ballad of stories.

Amit Mukerjee: Poems: Banalata Sen

Starting with poet Jibanananda Das himself, Banalata Sen has been translated into English by many hands. It is not possible provide the most famous alliteration of Bengali literature in English. Jibanananda progressively develops these same four images throughout the poem, metamorphosing these from remoteness to intimacy, dimness to distinction and from separation to union.

This article about the literature of Bangladesh is a stub. His lyrical edge moves me to tears, even in translation. This poem makes comprehensive use of four key images which occur repeatedly in many poems by Jivanananda Das: However, while Helen’s beauty is the central theme in Poe’s work, for Jibanananda, Banalata Sen is merely a framework to hold his anxiety for apparently endless human existence on earth since primordial time. This is in line with Jibanananda Das himself who translated like: The lyric Banalata Sen is the most representative of the essence of Jibanananda’s poetry and exemplifies his use of imagery.


First he compares her hair with the dark night of long-lost Vidisha. Retrieved from ” https: For a thousand years I have walked the ways of the world.

Banalata Sen (book) – Wikipedia

Das named the volume after the poem: On the contrary Clinton B. Asiatic Society of Bangladesh. Beauty is truth, truth banlata. He describes having wandered from the Ceylonese ocean to the seas of Malayahaving travelled in Ancient India in the times of Emperor Bimbisaraand centuries later, in the times of Ashoka the Great.

They include Martin Kirkman, one with the initials S. The poem is self-narrated by an unnamed traveller. Natore is a small mofussil town, now in Bangladeshthat developed during the Colonial era at a time that a number of seb developed throughout Bengal, spurred by the colonial economy and social changes.

It was first published in the December issue of the poetry magazine Kavitaedited by poet Buddhadeva Bose. She has occurred with various names like ShaymoliSobitaSuronjanaetc. Banalata is a feminine name in the Bengali language that would have been fashionable in the Bengali middle class Bhadralok community of Jibanananda’s parents’ generation. The first line haajaar bochor dhore aami path haatitechi prithibir pothey is in present perfect continuous tense.

A thousand years I have walked these paths. It is also the first poem of his third collection of poetry published in under the title Banalata Sen. This page was last edited on 8 Juneat Poet Jibanananda Das was a quiet person, who preferred to live in obscurity.

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