Shokoruno Benu Bajaie Ke Jai
Who is the one playing such a plaintive tune on a flute
While sailing away on a boat from another land?
The note playing seems to caress my whole body!
It's a tune wafting from some far away world
The pain of a heart strained by long separation
And unaccustomed pain drifting with the restive breeze
Towards a seashore shaded by forest trees. In exile
And a forlorn heart silently sounds the Bhairavi raga's tune.
The music and light in this unpeopled riverside path
Evoke in me the image of a dear one treading lazily
And heading for the river bank amidst forest shades.
Fakrul Alam is Supernumerary Professor, Department of English, University of Dhaka.