Tagore and the Monsoons

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Monsoon and Romanticism are like inseparable lovers. The cool breeze does not only set a relaxing note after the scorching heat of summer. Tagore’s songs are also something to be reckoned with. Today’s article is about Tagore and the Monsoons, written with some help by Singer Soumita Saha.

Tagore and the Monsoons

Rabindranath Tagore is viewed as the lighthouse of literature, art and culture. Nature had always inspired the bard greatly. The poet had a particular affinity with the monsoon season. The season when bountiful nature unfolds her beauty and is uniquely captured by Tagore.  This affinity was intensified during his trip to Shilai doho…

The famous song, Mono mor meghero sangi… has become a signature tune to glorify the distinctive features of the monsoon. Tagore’s pseudonym was Bhanu Singha, with which he wrote songs in Maithili language. The real beauty of this season emerges in the lyrics and tunes of his songs. The song Sawan gaganey ghor ghana ghata… describes the serenity and joyous emotions evoked by the monsoon that relieves the earth, parched by the intense summer heat. Tagore’s lyrics also resonate with the pitter-patter of the rain, droning sounds of the wind, thrumming sound of thunder and lightning, swaying branches and other sounds that form an integral part of the season. Mellifluous flow of Raga Megh is prevalent in some of Tagore’s creations. Jhoro jhoro borishey baari dhaara…  is one such amazing song. Singer Soumita Saha’s rendition of the song is like chimes of sitar in the human voice. The flow of this song particularly shows a tendency of Raga Megh amalgamating with Raga Miya Ka Malhar.

Monsoon, for Tagore, was not merely a personal experience; it was a symbol of life and nature’s amazing variety; a message that he sought to transmit to his students through various festivals that he incorporated into the academic calendar. The dazzling beauty of the monsoons is depicted in the song Mor bhabonare ki haway

During his visit to the then Soviet Union in 1930, Rabindranath Tagore recited two of his poems at a cultural event organized in his honor by a trade union forum. One of the poems was Nababarsha… (New rain). Refreshing songs by Tagore works like Elixir to welcome the monsoons.

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