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This page contains lyric of Tagore song tumi kemon kore gan 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 (4)

Upa-parjaay: Gaan

Taal: Kaharwa

Raag: Khambaj

Written on: 1909 (10 Bhadra 1316)

Collection: Geetanjali

Swarabitan: 38

Notation by: Bhimrao Shastri

Notes: This song was written on 26th August 1909 at Shantiniketan.

Rabindranath had presided over a program organised at the University Institute hall to honour the sitar maestro Enayet Khan on the 28th of September 1909. Professor Sukhranjan Roy, a famous critic, was present on the occasion. He writes in his book ' Rabindranather katha-kabyer shilpo-sutra' -

... Right after the speech from the president people on the stage started pursuing Rabindranath to sing a song. The poet immediately turned down the request. His disagreement grew stronger as people were dead set for the purpose. He had his argument - My physique is weak, I don't have the same tonal quality as before, moreover I don't want to try something that may appear foolish in front of an Ustad. Gurudas Bandopadhyay was the key-man who had lead the issue. He could not stop himself before sounding a tone of accusation - Perhaps you are trying to avoid so that your self-esteem as a good singer do not get hurt. There was no chance of looking back hence. He first tried with a harmonium later continued unaided with the infamous song 'Tumi kemon kore gaan karo hey guni ...'. The song was not published till then. The audience concluded having squared up by place, time and the person involved that it was an instantaneous production in order to pay deference to the maestro.The application of this beautiful song was, in fact, very much timely and it had created an overwhelming illusion within the packed auditorium.

Nostalgic description of the same program is found in 'Gaayok Rabindranath' written by Hemendrakumar Roy -

... Satyendranath Dutta, the poet came, when I was having rest at Jatindramohan Bagchi's residence. He informed us that Rabindranath would appear at the University Institute Hall after half past five with a Muslim music maestro (perhaps it was Imdad Ali Khan). ... College Students had already occupied nearly all the seats of the auditorium before we had reached. In his flamboyant style Rabindranath articulated praising words for Ustadji and then took his seat. This was little assignment he had been invited for. He was eager to announce for the program to end. But he was unable to do so. The entire audience unitedly screamed – ‘We want to listen to your songs’. Rabindranath could not ignore the request in chorus and started singing the song 'Tumi kemon kore ...' with a faint gleam on his face - without any accompaniment, simply sitting on a chair. Listeners sat still without any movement whatsoever as if the solo song had created a magic on them.

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Tumi kemon kore gaan koro hey guni,
Aami obaak hoye shuni, kebol shuni.
Shurer aalo bhubon phele chheye,
Shurer haawa chole gogon beye,
Paashan tute byakul bege dheye
Boihya jaay shurer surodhuni.
Mone kori omni sure gaai, 
Konthe aamar sur khnuje na paai.
Koite ki chaai, koite kotha baadhe -
Haar mene je poran aamar knaade,
Aamay tumi phelechho kon phnaade
Choudike more shurer jaal buni.

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