Tagore & Us

The first Non-Westerner to win a Nobel Prize is an understatement to describe the genius of Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941). An unparalleled poet, writer, philosopher, artist — a polymath — these are mere encomiums. He was a person who visualised a world beyond his times, a humanitarian who wanted to bring out the best in mankind with his writings and Santiniketan. What we see of his writings in the virtual world is an insignificant bit. What we are attempting to do here is to translate his prose and translate or transcreate his poetry, for a literal translation sometimes does not do adequate justice to his poetry, and to bring his thoughts, his ideas closer to readers in the virtual world. Across all borders, let us unite in thoughts.

In an attempt to imbibe the perfection of his poetry, we have tried our best to use precise words. We invite you to give us feedback for our efforts at editor@borderlessjournal.com. We are happy to entertain your comments too in the comments section.

Presenting our selection of & on Tagore:

Songs and Poems

Songs translated by Aruna Chakravarti

We launch our Tagore section with the translation of seven of his songs by the gifted Sahitya Akademi winning translator and author, Aruna Chakravarti. Click here to read.

  • Tomar eyi Madhuri Chaapiye ( This Loveliness of Yours…)
  • Jibon Moroner Shimana Charay ( Beyond the Horizons of Life and Death..)
  • Esho Shyamalo Shundoro ( Come, Dark, Beauteous One)
  • Asha Jaaoar Pother Dhare (By the Path)
  • Shopney Amar Money Holo ( I Thought in my Dream)
  • Amra Notoon Jibonyeri Doot (We are the New Youth)
  • Amar Bela Jey Jaay (My Day Wanes)

Songs of Seasons: Translated by Fakrul Alam

Bangla Academy literary award winning translator, Dr Fakrul Alam, translates seven seasonal songs of Tagore. Click here to read.

  • Garland of Lightening Gems (Bajromanik Diye Gantha)
  • In The Thunderous Clouds (Oi Je Jhorer Meghe)
  • The Tune of the New Clouds (Aaj Nobeen Megher Shoor Legeche)
  • The Sky’s Musings (Aaj Akashe Moner Kotha)
  • Under the Kadamba Trees (Esho Nipo Bone)
  • Tear-filled Sorrow (Ashrubhara Bedona)

Endless Love: Tagore Translated by Fakrul Alam

Ananto Prem (Endless Love) by Tagore, translated from Bengali by Professor Fakrul Alam. Click here to read.

Giraffe’s Dad by Tagore

Giraffer Baba (Giraffe’s Dad), a short humorous poem by Tagore, has been translated from Bengali by Professor Fakrul Alam. Click here to read.

Oikotan or Harmonising

Oikotan (Harmonising) has been translated by Professor Fakrul Alam and published specially to commemorate Tagore’s Birth Anniversary. Click hereto read.

Monomor Megher O Shongi (or The Cloud, My friend) has been translated by Professor Fakrul Alam. Click here to read.

Professor Fakrul Alam has translated Tomra Ja Bolo Tai Bolo, Hridoy Chheele Jege and Himer Raatethree songs around autumn from Click here to read.

Songs from Bhanusingher Padabali: Translated by Radha Chakravarty

Two songs by Tagore written originally in Brajabuli, a literary language developed essentially for poetry, has been translated by Radha Chakravarty. Click here to read.

  • Gahana Kusuma Kunja Majhe (Amidst the Densely Flowering Bower)
  • Shaongagane Ghora Ghanaghata ( The Dark Monsoon Skies)

Colour the World: Translated by Ratnottama Sengupta

Rangiye Diye Jao, a song by Tagore, transcreated by Ratnottama Sengupta. Click here to read.

On behalf of Borderless Journal 

Esho, He Baisakh, Esho Esho (Come Baisakh: A song to welcome the Bengali New Year) Click here to read.

Tagore Songs in Translation. Click here to read the next five.

  • Kothao Amar Hariye Jawa Nei Mana ( Losing myself)
  • Akash Bhora Shurjo Tara (The Star-studded Sky)
  • Krishnokoli ( Inspired by a girl who lives in a village)
  • Phoole Phoole Dhole Dhole (The Swaying Flowers)
  • Shaongagane Ghora Ghanaghata (Against the Monsoon Skies, Brajbuli to English)

Tagore’s Diner Sheshe Ghoomer Deshe (At the close of the day, in the land of sleep).Click here to read.

Tagore’s Amar Shonar Horin Chai (I want the Golden Deer). Click here to read.

Tagore’s long poem, Dushomoy (translated as Journey of Hope though literally the poem means bad times). Click here to read the poem in English and listen to Tagore’s voice recite his poem in Bengali. We also have a sample of the page of his diary where he first wrote the poem as ‘Swarga Pathhe'(On the Path to Heaven).

Deliverance by Tagore: ‘Tran’ by Tagore, a prayer for awakening of the subjugated. Click here to read the translation.

Abhisar by Tagore: A story poem about a Buddhist monk by Rabindranath Tagore in Bengali. Click here to read the translation.

Amaar Nayano Bhulano Ele describes early autumn when the festival of Durga Puja is celebrated. Click here to read the translation from Bengali.

Morichika or Mirage by Tagore is an early poem of the maestro that asks the elites to infringe class divides and mingle. Click here to read the translation from Bengali.

 Purano Sei Diner Kotha or ‘Can old days ever be forgot?’ based on Robert Burn’s poem, Auld Lang Syne. Click here to read.

 Aaji Shubhodine Pitaar Bhabone or On This Auspicious Day, a Brahmo Hymn. Click here to read.

Raatri Eshe Jethay Meshe or Where the Night comes to Mingle , a song written in 1910. Click here to read.

 Anondodhara Bohichche Bhubone (The Universe reverberates with celestial ecstasy), a song …Click here to read.

Ebar Phirao More (Take me Back) a poem… Click here to read.

Lukochuri has been translated from Bengali as Hide and Seek. Click here to read.

Taal Gaachh or The Palmyra Tree, a lilting light poem, has been translated from Bengali. Click here to read.

Nobobarsha or New Rain, a poem describing the rain transports one to Tagore’s world. Click here to read.

Hobe Joye has been translated as  Song of Hope for that is exactly what it is in spirit. Click here to read.

Eshechhe Sarat, a poem describing autumn in Bengal, has been translated as Autumn. Click here to read.

Aalo Amar Aalo is a paean to light and its impact on us. Click here to read.

Tomar Shonkho Dhulay Porey (your conch lies in the dust), is an inspirational poem to shed apathy. Click here to read.

 Prothom Diner Shurjo (The Sun on the First day) is one of the last poems of Tagore. Click here to read.

 Banshi or Flute is an inspirational poem delving into the relationship with the divine muse.Click here to read.

 Somudro or Ocean has probably been written during Tagore’s travels. Click here to read.

 Borondala (Basket of Offerings) is a poem of ecstasy. Click here to read.

Nobo Borsho or New Year, is a poem written on the Bengali New Year, urging people to rid themselves of past angst. Click here to read.

Bhoy hote tobo is the first Birthday Song by Tagore, a poem written in 1899. Click here to read.

Tagore Prose in Translation

  1. One Small Ancient Tale

Rabindranath Tagore’s Ekti Khudro Puraton Golpo (One Small Ancient Tale) from his collection Golpo Guchcho ( literally, a bunch of stories) has been translated by Nishat Atiya. Click here to read.

2. Bolai

Story of nature and a child translated by Chaitali Sengupta. Click here to read.

3. The Parrot’s Tale

Excerpted from Rabindranth Tagore. The Land of Cards: Stories, Poems and Plays for Children, translated by Radha Chakravarty, with a foreword from Mahasweta Devi. Click here to read

4. Library

A part of Bichitro Probondho (Strange Essays) by Rabindranath Tagore, this essay was written in 1885, translated by Chaitali Sengupta. Click here to read.

5. Letters from Tagore

An excerpt from Kobi’ and ‘Rani’: Memoirs and Correspondences of Nirmalkumari Mahalanobis and Rabindranath Tagore, translated by Somdatta Mandal, showcasing Tagore’s introduction and letters. Click here to read.

6. Travels & Holidays: Humour from Rabindranath

Translated from the original Bengali by Somdatta Mandal, these are Tagore’s essays and letters laced with humour. Click here to read.

7. Letters from Japan, Europe & America

An excerpt from letters written by Tagore from Kobi & Rani, translated by Somdatta Mandal. Click hereto read.

8. Playlets by Rabindranath Tagore 

Two skits that reveal the lighter side of the poet. They have been translated from Bengali by Somdatta Mandal. Click here to read.

9. Rabindranath Tagore Four Chapters

An excerpt from a brilliant new translation by Radha Chakravarty of Tagore’s controversial last novel Char Adhyay. Click here to read.

10. The Ordeal of Fame

A humorous skit by Rabindranath, translated by Somdatta Mandal. Click here to read.

11. The Funeral

A satirical skit by Tagore, translated by Somdatta Mandal. Click here to read. 

12.  Tagore’s Gleanings of the Road

Book excerpt brilliantly translated by Somdatta Mandal. Click here to read.

13. The Welcome

A skit by Tagore, has been translated by Somdatta Mandal. Click here to read.

14.  The Treatment of an Ailment

A humorous skit has been translated by Somdatta Mandal. Click here to read.

15. Farewell Song

An excerpt from Radha Chakravarty’s translation of Tagore’s  novel. Click here to read.

16. Aparichita by Tagore 

This short story has been translated as The Stranger by Aruna Chakravarti. Click here to read. 

Reactions on Tagore


Rabindranath Tagore: A Universal Bard.

This conversation between Aruna Chakravarti and Sunil Gangopadhyay that took place at a Tagore Conference organised by the Sahitya Akademi in Kochy in 2011. Click here to read.

Sriniketan: Tagore’s “Life Work”

In Conversation with Professor Uma Das Gupta, Tagore scholar, author of A History of Sriniketan, where can be glimpsed what Tagore considered his ‘life’s work’ as an NGO smoothening divides between villagers and the educated. Click here to read. (Review & Interview).


Moving Images of Tagore

Ratnottama Sengupta talks of Tagore and cinema. Click here to read.

Rabindranath’s Monsoonal Music

Professor Fakrul Alam brings to us Tagore songs in translation and in discussion on the season that follows the scorching heat of summer months. Click here to read.

Tagore’s Last Birthday Celebration 

This has been excerpted from Aruna Chakravarti’s Daughters of Jorasanko. It includes has her translation of the last birthday song he wrote in 1941 a few months before he died. Click here to read.

My Favourite Book by Fakrul Alam

Fakrul Alam writes about evolution of his passion for Gitabitan and translation. Click here to read.

Mahasweta Devi, Our Santiniketan

An excerpt from Mahasweta Devi, Our SantiniketanTranslated from the Bengali by Radha Chakravarty. Click here to read.

Two Birds

Ratnottama Sengupta muses as she translates a Tagore’s song. Click here to read.

The Idea of India: Bharata Bhagya Bidhata – The Making of a Motherland

Anasuya Bhar explores the history of the National Anthem of India, composed by Tagore in Bengali and translated only by the poet himself and by Aruna Chakravarti. Click here to read.

Tagore & Odisha

Bhaskar Parichha explores Tagore’s interactions with Odisha, his impact on their culture and the impact of their culture on him. Click here to read.

Tagore and Guru Nanak’s Vision

Parneet Jaggi talks of the influence Guru Nanak on Tagore, his ideology and poetry. Click here to read.

Rabindranath and the Etchings of His Mind

Anasuya Bhar explores the various lives given to a publication through the different edited versions, translations and films, using Tagore as a case study and the work done to provide these online. Click here to read.

A Tale of Devotion and Sacrifice as Opposed to Jealousy and Tyranny

Sohana Manzoor explores the social relevance of a dance drama by Tagore, Natir puja. We carry this to commemorate Tagore’s birth anniversary. Click here to read

At Home in the World: Tagore, Gandhi and the Quest for Alternative Masculinities

Meenakshi Malhotra explores the role of masculinity in Nationalism prescribed by Tagore, his niece Sarala Debi, Gandhi and Colonials. Click here to read.

When West meets East, Greatness Blooms

Debraj Mookerjee reflects on how syncretism impacts greats like Tagore,Tolstoy, Emerson, Martin Luther King Jr, Gandhi and many more. Click here to read.

Kabir & His Impact on Tagore

Mozid Mahmud explores Kabir and his impact on Tagore, which ultimately led to a translation of the great medieval poet. Click here to read.

Book reviews

Meenakshi Malhotra revisits Radha Chakravarty’s translation of Tagore’s Farewell Song. Click here to read.

Meenakshi Malhotra reviews Tagore’s Four Chapters translated and introduced by Radha Chakravarty. Click here to read.

Meenakshi Malhotra reviews Tagore’s Gleanings of the Road translated by Somdatta Mandal. Click here to read.

Rakhi Dalal revisits Tagore’s The Post Officetranslated from Bengali in 1912 by Devabrata Mukherjee. Click here to read.

Meenakshi Malhotra reviews Mahasweta Devi, Our Santiniketan translated by Radha Chakravarty. Click here to read.

Somdatta Mandal’s ‘Kobi’ and ‘Rani’: Memoirs and Correspondences of Nirmalkumari Mahalanobis and Rabindranath Tagore reviewed by Himadri Lahiri. Click here to read.

Somdatta Mandal’s The Last Days of Rabindranath Tagore in Memoirs, a translation from a conglomeration of writings from all the Maestro’s caregivers and the poet himself, reviewed by Meenakshi Malhotra. Click here to read.

Bidyut Chakrabarty’s Socio-political Thought of Rabindranath Tagore, published by Sage India, reviewed by Bhaskar Parichha. Click here to read.

Bashabi Frasers’ Critical Lives: Rabindranath Tagore, published by Speaking Tiger, reviewed by Bhaskar Parichcha. Click here to read. Click here to read.

Poetry Inspired by Tagore

United Kingdom

Mike Smith wrote a poem on Tagore’s ideology in paying a Tribute To Tagore. Click here to read


Ihlwha Choi spent some time in Santiniketan and here is a poem he wrote in reaction to his observations near the ‘home of R.Tagore’, as he names Santiniketan and the Kobiguru.

Click here to read Nandini.

Click here to read Universal Language


Himadri Lahiri wrote the historic descent of the country from Tagore and Maharishi Debendranath’s time in verse, Then Came the King’s Men. Click here to read.

Sunil Sharma pays tribute to Tagore in Mystical reconnections: Reading Tagore. Click here to read.