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Walk alone (একলা চলো রে ) – a protest song by Tagore

02 May

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“Jodi Tor Dak Shune Keu Na Ase Tobe Ekla Cholo Re” (Bengali : যদি তোর ডাক শুনে কেউ না আসে তবে একলা চলো রে,) was written by Rabindranath Tagore at Giridih  town now in JharkhandIndia.  It was one of the 22 protest songs written during the Swadeshi Period of  Indian freedom movement and along with “Amar Sonar Bangla“, it became one of the key anthem of the Anti-Partition (Banga Bhanga) Movement in Bengal Presidency in 1905.


Ekla Chalo Re was first recorded by Rabindranath Tagore himself sometime between 1905 and 1908. Eminent Rabindra Sangeet singer Suchitra Mitra recorded this song twice, first in 1948 and then in 1984. In 1949, she sang this song for a Bengali Movie too. You may listen it in my youtube channel.


The song exhorts the listener to continue his or her journey, despite abandonment or lack of support from others. The song is often quoted in the context of political or social change  movements. Mahatma Gandhi, who was deeply influenced by this song, cited it as one of his favorite songs.


“If they answer not to your call walk alone


If they are afraid and cower mutely facing the wall,


O thou unlucky one,


open your mind and speak out alone.


If they turn away, and desert you when crossing the wilderness,


O thou unlucky one,


trample the thorns under thy tread,


and along the blood-lined track travel alone.


If they shut doors and do not hold up the light when the night is troubled with storm,


O thou unlucky one,


with the thunder flame of pain ignite your own heart,


and let it burn alone.”

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“যদি তোর ডাক শুনে কেউ না আসে তবে একলা চলো রে।
একলা চলো, একলা চলো, একলা চলো, একলা চলো রে॥
যদি কেউ কথা না কয়, ওরে ও অভাগা,
যদি সবাই থাকে মুখ ফিরায়ে সবাই করে ভয়—
তবে পরান খুলে
ও তুই মুখ ফুটে তোর মনের কথা একলা বলো রে॥
যদি সবাই ফিরে যায়, ওরে ওরে ও অভাগা,
যদি গহন পথে যাবার কালে কেউ ফিরে না চায়—
তবে পথের কাঁটা
ও তুই রক্তমাখা চরণতলে একলা দলো রে॥
যদি আলো না ধরে, ওরে ওরে ও অভাগা,
যদি ঝড়-বাদলে আঁধার রাতে দুয়ার দেয় ঘরে-
তবে বজ্রানলে
আপন বুকের পাঁজর জ্বালিয়ে নিয়ে একলা জ্বলো রে।।”

 
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Posted by on 02/05/2015 in Rabindrasangeet, Tagore song

 

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2 responses to “Walk alone (একলা চলো রে ) – a protest song by Tagore

  1. Sarang

    04/06/2015 at 5:29 PM

    Gurudev is pride of the nation!

     

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