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Banalata Sen. Jibananda Das. Translated from the original Bengali by Amitabha Mukerjee. A thousand years I have walked these paths, From the harbour at. Banalata Sen by Jibanananda has been a thousand years since I started trekking the earth A huge travel in nights darkness from the Ceylonese waters. by Jibanananda Das · Môhaprithibi→. Sister Projects. sister projects: Wikipedia article. Banalata SenJibanananda Das Poems.

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In certain points, interpretation by the translator differs from that of the poet himself, as reflected in his own translation. On the contrary Clinton B.

Banalata Banalatta cover designed by Satyajit Ray. They include Martin Kirkman, one with the initials S.

Banalata Sen Poem by Jibanananda Das – Poem Hunter

Articles containing Bengali-language text. Banalata Sen is the name of a woman whom the poem describes as being from the town of Natorea town in Bangladesh. I was born in Bengal and lived my life banaltaa.

In these poems, the love Das talks about crosses the boundaries of time and place and sometimes seems impersonal too. The surname “Sen” ordinarily denotes the vaidya caste to which Jibanananda’s own family belonged before they became Brahmo. Retrieved from ” https: Das named the volume after the poem: Archived from the original on 15 January Banalata is a feminine name in the Bengali language that would have been fashionable in the Bengali middle class Bhadralok community of Jibanananda’s parents’ generation.


Still I Rise Maya Angelou. Banalata Sen is a recurrent theme in Jibanananda’s work. For the book, see Banalata Sen book. Her name indicates that she is a contemporary woman, but her description in terms of forgotten classical locations makes it plain that she is timeless.

This poem makes comprehensive use of four key images which occur repeatedly in many poems by Jivanananda Das: For thousand years I have been walking all over the world.

The novel was first published in many years after his death in Her hair as if the dark night of long lost Vidisha, Her face reminiscent of the fine works of Sravasti, When I saw her in the shadow it seemed as if a ship-wrecked mariner in a far away sea has spotted a cinnamon island lined with greenish grass. Popularly, she is an emblem of beauty. From this geographical expanse he goes on to the extent of time, saying that, in the course of his wanderings he has traversed the fading world of Bimbisara and Ashoka.

Banalata Sen – Poem by Jibanananda Das

Translated by Faizul Latif Chowdhury. However, Banalata Sen of Natorea tiny town in the Rajshahi area of what was then Bengalhas become an emblem of feminine mystery as well as beauty and love. Retrieved from banallata https: Anjana Basu’s translation is not comparable here and hence excluded. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. Retrieved 25 June In the first stanza the traveller describes bwnalata her after having wandered upon the earth over thousands of years.

There Banalata, a young maiden, happens to be the neighbour of the protagonist. A draft of the poem was also discovered that widely differs from the final version. All information has been reproduced here for educational and informational purposes to benefit site visitors, and is provided at no charge It is not possible provide the most famous alliteration of Bengali literature in English.


The poem consists of three stanzas each comprising six lines composed in the Bengali metrical pattern Aksherbritta or Poyar.

Banalata Sen – Wikipedia

Jibanananda’s poetry, with his characteristic rich tapestry of imagery, repeatedly portrays the image of human fulfillment personified by a woman—in this poem Banalata Sen. There is one instance where all translators, except one, have decidedly diverted from the temporal sense of the text. Who is she after after all? In the third stanza the traveller returns from geography and history and recalls Banalata Sen with emotion.

Who is this Banalata Sen?

The poet describes seeing her there after he has circled the earth innumerable times during thousands of years. Beauty is truth, truth beauty. Albeit rigid in translation.

The relevant manuscript was discovered and labelled Book-8 while preserved in the National Library of Calcutta; the poem occurs on page 24 of this manuscript. For ages I have been walking the paths of this earth.