Written in 1910 (15 Ashwin 1317) in Santiniketan, Raatri Eshe Jethay Meshe or where the night comes to mingle was a part of his collection called Gitimalya ( A garland of Songs) first published in 1914.
WHERE THE NIGHT COMES TO MINGLE You and I met at the confluence when The night came to mingle with the ocean of the day. There the shades of black and white formed dark and light — There, the waves rushed from bank to bank. A baritone rang amidst the silence of the skies, The gold line rose out of the deepest of darkness. My dreams mingled with tears as I awoke Searching for contentment in vain.
Here is a rendition of the song in Bengali by Dwijen Mukherjee (1927-2018) a renowned singer from the past. His voice seems to capture the cadence of the song and colours it with the freshness of dawn.
(Trans-created for Borderless Journal by Mitali Chakravarty with editorial support from Sohana Manzoor and Anasuya Bhar.)
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