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Bonolota Sen

All information has been reproduced here for educational and informational purposes to benefit site visitors, and is provided at no charge Ananda Lal also used present perfect tense: Almost unknown in literary circles, Sushil Kumar Jha has also attempted to translate Banalata Sen into Hindi retaining the essence of the poem in its true spirit.

Who is she after after all? The poem is self-narrated by an unnamed traveller. Thus, I saw her, in my gloomy moments. For a thousand years I have walked the ways of the world. Jibani Granthamal [Biography Series]. Modern Indian literature, an anthology 1.

The nightly kaaminis or the morning-time rajanianidha blooms? In these poems, the love Das talks about crosses the boundaries of time and place and sometimes seems impersonal too. Her black hairs echoed the darkness of Vidisha. The poet describes seeing her there after he has circled the earth bqngla times during thousands of years.

However, one can see that while Poe has obnolota by appreciating the beauty of a woman, Jibanananda has gone far deeper and on the landscape of a woman’s beauty has painted the expanse of human existence both in terms of time and topography, drawing attention to the ephemeral existence of human beings. Alike cries of dewdrops at the end of the day. The names that frequent in many poems are Suchetana, Suranjana, Sudarshana and Syamali and these women are deemed above or beyond women in general.


Banalata Sen (book) – Wikipedia

A modernist, post-modernist or contemporary Bengali lady or not? Mukh tar Srabostir karukarja. Tokhon golper tore jonakir ronge jhilmil. In a certain sense, Banalata Sen is akin to ” To Helen “. Temni dekhechhi take andhakare- bolechhe se “Etodin kothay chhilen”? From bahgla geographical expanse he goes on to the extent of time, saying that, in the course of his wanderings he has traversed the fading world of Bimbisara and Ashoka.

Albeit rigid in translation. Then nothing remains but bahgla when the traveller would like to sit face-to-face with Banalata Sen and share with her his ballad of stories. I was born in Bengal and lived my life elsewhere.

Archived from the original on 15 January There is one instance where all translators, except one, have decidedly diverted from the temporal sense of the text. The progressive development of the images throughout this poem, and the direction in which they move, illustrate the basic pattern of the imagery of Jivanananda Das: Her silhouette, Sravasti’s bold altorilievo; in seas far away.

This is in line with Jibanananda Das himself who translated like: Now the translation bonolofa Joydeep Bhattacharya: Yet Jibanananda’s work takes me back deep into a place inside myself I had long forgotten, where I was supposed to have belonged.


In the third stanza the traveller returns from geography and history and recalls Banalata Sen with emotion.

The surname “Sen” ordinarily aen the vaidya caste to which Jibanananda’s own family belonged before they became Brahmo.

All birds return to their nests, so do rivers, stops all the life’s bargain. Poet Jibanananda Das was a quiet person, who preferred to live in obscurity. 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 face with Banalata Sen. This is a great poet.

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. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Banalata Sen cover designed by Satyajit Ray. A tired soul that I am, enclaved in the ocean foams of vigor.

A draft of the poem was also discovered that widely differs from the final version.