Honoring Rabindranath Tagore I was walking in the streets with Bengali poets in Dhaka, paying tribute to Rabindranath Tagore.
Honoring Rabindranath Tagore
Poets honoring one of their own: I was walking in the streets with Bengali poets in Dhaka, paying tribute to Rabindranath Tagore.
Kathmandu,Nepal, October 16 — I saw a movie by Satyajit Ray named “Charulata” written by Rabindranath Tagore. I was very muchimpressed with this popular movie. It stayed on my mind. In Kathmandu,it is not easy to have an environment to freely talk about movies orpoetry. My grandfather, who is always concentrated on the localnewspaper, will call in a loud voice and gather the villagers if heknows that I am talking about those two topics. Therefore, I keep thesematters of movies and poetry inside my heart, while gazing at the moonin the sky through the window. My mother is keeping herself busy withhousehold affairs and my father is working. My heart entertains themoon and dances peacefully while I think about literature.
I have read Ravindranath Tagore many times. I love his writing so muchthat I know it by heart. I especially like his one story “Home and theWorld.” It is about matters of the heart; it is so beautiful. Themoment that I finished watching the movie “Charulata,” I believed thatthe movie had provided a little peace for me.
Speaking to my grandfather, I said, “Literature should be like themoon, which symbolizes light in the dark night - a symbol of regard.”He replied as if repeating dialogue from an old film, “Nepal'ssituation is very bad – no jobs, no security, no good leaders – so youhave to study and make money. Without making money, who will feed you?Your poems?”
He went on to ask, “Won't you work and make money instead of writingpoems?” I was shocked by the unexpected question from my grandfather.He continued, seriously, “How are you feeling about my questions?” Irejected his questions at once, saying, “I don't like them.” Unable tobe patient while looking at his sad face, I added, “I love poems, to anunlimited degree. For me, poems are immortal and we must immortalizethem at any cost.” He did not like my answer and said, “Stop being adreamer, be practical.” His voice contained pain while giving me thisadvice. I could say nothing, and so was quiet.
When I read a song written by Rabindranath Tagore, “Walk Alone,” thewhole night passed in what seemed like a minute. Songs that touch usmake life really beautiful.
I told my father, “I am going to Dhaka. It would bring me greatpleasure to attend the Bengali poetry program there and show myappreciation to Rabindranath Tagore.” A Bengali poet, Tagore was bornin Calcutta, India.
“It is not so easy for a young girl to travel away from home,” myfather said, trying to talk me out of my proposal. I did not care andtold him, “I will go. Nothing can stop me from going to Dhaka. Please,don't say no.” My father stood dumbfounded. I have found that, manytimes, silence is a sign of permission, as when I am sharing my ideasand contributions with other poets.
Rabindranath Tagore's poems have inspired me from inside my heart. Hewrote to add more beauty to this beautiful life. All the great poetsand writers of the world whose works I have gotten the chance to read –in Nepali, Hindi or English – all of them are my favorite writers.
While in Dhaka, I had some new experiences. I got to see life as acanvas and imagined the blue sky and the sea. The birds flew freely, asI composed a poem and listened to it. I was anxious to go meetRabindranath Tagore, and I wrote a small poem for him:
Life accept it as compulsory fact. Life stands you are the light You are my destination.
http://www.upiasia.com/blank.gif" height="15" width="1">This article was originally published by United Press International,Asia. Kamala is an editor for www.mediaforfreedom.com. Her specialties are in-depth reporting and writing stories on peace andanti-war issues, women, terrorism, democracy and development. Some of her publications include: Women's Empowerment in South Asia, Nepal; Prevention of Trafficking in Women Through Media; Efforts to Prevent Trafficking in for Media Activism. She has also written two collections of stories.
Kamala is an editor for mediaforfreedom.com. Kamala was a regular contributor to UPI - Asia News. Her specialties are in-depth reporting and writing stories on peace and anti-war issues, women, terrorism, democracy and development. Some of her publications include: Women's Empowerment in South Asia, Nepal; Prevention of Trafficking in Women Through Media; Efforts to Prevent Trafficking in for Media Activism. She has also written two collections of stories.