Sep 9th, 2010 by bengalireadings
In today's episode, we present a short story by Sharat Chandra Chattopadhayay (Chatterjee), a poem from Geetanjali and a traditional folk song.
Sharat Chandra was a contemporary writer of Rabindranath Thakur. He wrote about the life of the rural bangla society in early 20th century. "Mahesh" (pronounced maw-hesh) is perhaps is best known story. The story is about a poor muslim man and the religous hyprocrisy permeating through the society. The story is included in UNESCO's list of representative literature. Translated and read by Raja Chakraborty.
To celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Thakur, Raja has read the Poem no. 9 from Geetanjali.
We are also going to introduce you to a bangla music through this podcast. We are presenting a "bhatiyali" song. This genre of songs were traditionally sung by boat-men sailing the wide. long rivers of Bengal. We don't know the name of the singer. The song was written by Bangladeshi poet Jasimuddin. This is a more modern rendition of the song, and there are several versions of this very popular song on the internet. We included this version of the song in the podcast because this version is our favorite!
Theme music by Adnan Sami Khan on piano (raag - bageshri). Sarengi by Ustad Sultan Khan (raag - bageshri).