Allah megh de



A well-known Bengali folk song (noila gaan), memorably rendered by the great folk singer Abbasuddin Ahmed.

As the sun scorches mercilessly, the Bengali peasant sings imploring rain, describing parched earth, parched lakes and rivers, parched flora and fauna, and the suffering of parched humanity.

Oh God, give clouds, give water, give shelter, Oh dear one ...

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Bela dwiprohor dhudhu baluchor
Dhupetey kolija phatey piyasey kator.

Allah megh de pani de chaya de re tui.

Asman hoilo toota toota jomin hoilo phata
Meghraja ghumaiya roichey megh dibo tor keda.

Phaitya phaitya roichey joto khala bila nodi
Panir laigya kainda biley ponkhi jolodhi

aler goru baindha gerosto re kainda
khabar paner khodor khodo na re aan ki korey

kopot kopoti kandey khopetey boshiya
shukna phuler koli podey jhoriya jhoriya

The complete lyrics, in Bangla font, are available here.

Here's the same song performed by the group Dohar.

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The renowned music director of Hindi cinema, Sachin Dev Burman, rendered a Hindi version of this song in the film Guide (1965). Here's a YouTube clip of the song.

3 comments:

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Kashyap Ray said...

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Kashyap Ray said...

This 1s one of the best songs written by a person undergoing such a crisis...