Monday, April 11, 2005

Ekla chalo

Listened to the soundtrack of Bose - The Forgotten Hero.It is great. Yet another feather in rahman's cap. The album is a proof of his musical maturity. The sound tracks are awesome .Iam not sure whether illayaraja will be scoring more symphonies, but rehman is sure going to.

The album has got some variety, it has got a sweet lullaby "Ghoomparani".The patriotic Aazadi,Hum delhi delhi, there is afgani music, a durga pooja song and lot of background scores. But my pick of the albumn was Ekla chalo.I started wondering what the bengali lyrics mean after hearing to the song.This is what i found.

Ekla chalo was written by tagore and it is one of the favorite songs of Subash and gandhi. The song is a motivational one, urging you to be determined on your goal and walk alone, even when no one is supporting you. The poem perfectly fits with subash's life story.

Ekla Chalo (Walk Alone), was Mahatma Gandhi's favorite also (this song was especially appropriate in the context of Gandhi's famous "Dandi" or "Salt March").It's interesting to see that two persons, gandhi and subash who took almost opposite roads to the same destination loved this poem.

I hope shyam benegal won't do the same mistake that kamal did in hey ram. Not putting subtitles for bengali dialoges and poems.

Ekla chalo

If they answer not to thy call walk alone,
If they are afraid and cower mutely facing the wall,

O thou of evil luck,
open thy mind and speak out alone.

If they turn away, and desert you when crossing the wilderness,
O thou of evil luck,
trample the thorns under thy tread,
and along the blood-lined track travel alone.
If they do not hold up the light when the night is troubled with storm,
O thou of evil luck,
with the thunder flame of pain ignite thy own heart
and let it burn alone.

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