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Lyric and background history of song oi asantaler matir

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This page contains lyric of Tagore song oi asantaler matir 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: Puja (491)

Upa-parjaay: Bibidha

Taal: Kaharwa (Kawali)

Style: Baul Sur

Anga: Baul

Written on: 1909 (10 Poush 1316)

Place: Shantiniketan

Collection: Geetanjali

Swarabitan: 37

Notation by: Surendranath Bandopadhyay

Notes: This song was written on 25th December 1909 at Shantiniketan.

The first description that we get for this song being sung by Rabindranath is from Sita-debi, eldest daughter of Ramananda Chattopadhyay, in 1911. It was on his fiftieth birthday. The main celebration had been completed by the morning and the guests have returned by the train in afternoon. She describes about that evening -

... The news of a missing child of five/six years, sister of Prashantachandra, had come in. Rabindranath, visibly worried, could not resist himself from rushing to search for the little girl, although it was not absolutely necessary. The kid had gone for a stroll with her brother and returned after a while. An obvious rebuke was waiting for them. It was now time to send a second party to search for the poet. Fortunately he did not venture too far before he could be returned to the bungalow. After dusk we had gathered under the portico. Rabindranath accepted the request for song that we had placed before him. His glorious representation was 'Aasontaler maatir pore ...'.

Partha Basu in his memoir 'Gaayok Rabindranath' had written -

... Rabindranath was once invited by a Bengali Judge at Gaya for luncheon. He had to sing a song with a table-harmonium as accompaniment on request from the Judge. It was 'Oi Aasontaler ...'.

Probably this was an indecent of 1914 when he had been to Gaya staying there as a guest of the infamous novelist and barrister Prabhatkumar Mukhopadhyay.


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Transliteration in English

Oi aasontaler maatir pare lutiye rabo.
Tomar charon dhulay dhulay dhusaro habo.
Keno aamay maan diye aar dure raakho?
Chirojanom emon kore bhuliyo naako,
Asammane aano tene paaye tabo.
Tomar charon dhulay dhulay dhusaro habo.
Aami tomar jaatri daler rabo pichhe,
Sthaan diyo hey aamay tumi sabar nichhe.
Prosad laagi katoi loke aase dheye,
Aami kichhu chaaibo na to, roibo cheye;
Sabar sheshe ja baaki roy taahai labo.

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