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This page contains lyric of Tagore song banglar mati banglar jol and its transliteration in English with background history. Background of the song includes the place and date of the song written by Rabindranath, name of the newspaper or magazine the song was first published in and the name of the person who had prepared the notation or swaralipi. This page also contains the musical composition of song like parjaay, taal, raag and ango.

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Parjaay: Swadesh (20)

Taal: Ektaal

Style: Kirtan

Anga: Kirtan

Written on: 1905

Published in: Bhandar

Swarabitan: 46

Notation by: Indira Debi Chowdhurani

Notes: This composition, published in Autumn 1905, was brought at the time of Banga Bhanga rodh Movement in Bengal.

Abanindranath writes in his memoir ‘Gharoa’ –

…Rabi-kaka once asked us to celebrate Raakhi-bandhan, to fasten Raakhi (friendship band) on people’s hands. … We shall have a dip in the Ganges followed by the tying ritual – it was decided. … We won’t use vehicles, Rabi-kaka said, but travel on foot instead. I was little disturbed as I did not prefer walking. But it was Rabi-kaka – he would not listen to anybody. We all started at last for the Ganges. On either side of the street people thronged in thousands jamming the footpath and crowding over the rooftop of the buildings. Women sprinkled ‘Khoi’(popped rice) with persistent echoing of conch gave the event the colour of a grand festival. Dinu, who was among us, marched along singing songs –

Baanglar Maati Baanglar Jol

Baanglar Baayu Baanglar Phol

The song was composed around this time. The crowd awaited on the bank of the Ganges to have a glimpse of Rabi-kaka. The songs ended – we started tying Raakhi bands on each other’s wrists. … While traversing through Pathuriaghata – a few horsemen seen engaged in massaging the stallions in Biru Mullick’s stable. Rabi-kaka swiftly swerved towards them and fastened the bands upon their wrists. What a mess! I had thought. They are all Muslim people. A certain riot was the first to strike my mind. Wonder! It was followed by ‘Kola-kuli’ (hugging in Bengali style). The horsemen stood dumbfounded with utter disbelief. …

Celebrating ‘Rakhi-bandhan’ was proposed on 27th September 1905 in a meeting convened at ‘Sabitri Library Swadharma Samiti’ of Akrur Dutta lane.

Rabindranath had presided over the meeting and at this time the song was written in commemoration. It was published with a name ‘Rakhi-bandhan’.


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Transliteration in English

Baanglar maati baanglar jal, baanglar baayu baanglar phal -
Punro hauk, punro hauk, punro hauk, hey bhagoban.
Baanglar ghar, baanglar haat, banglar bon, baanglar maatth -
Punro hauk, punro hauk, punro hauk, hey bhagoban.
Baangalir pon, baangalir aasha, baangalir kaaj, baangalir bhaasa -
Sotyo hauk, sotyo hauk, sotyo hauk, hey bhagoban.
Baangalir praan, baangalir mon, baangalir ghare jato bhaai bon -
Ek hauk, ek hauk, ek hauk, hey bhagoban.

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