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Ekla Chalo Re

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Published  September 1905
Writer(s)  Rabindranath Tagore
Language  Bengali
Genre  Rabindra Sangeet
Composer(s)  Rabindranath Tagore
Ekla Chalo Re

Jodi Tor Dak Shune Keu Na Ase Tobe Ekla Cholo Re ("If no one responds to your call, then go your own way alone"), commonly known as Ekla Chalo Re, is a Bengali patriotic song written by Rabindranath Tagore in 1905.

Contents

Originally titled as "Eka", the song was first published in the September 1905 issue of Bhandar magazine. It was influenced by Harinaam Diye Jagat Matale Amar Ekla Nitai Re, a popular Bengali Kirtan song of Dhapkirtan or Manoharshahi gharana praising Nityananda, disciple of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Ekla Chalo Re was incorporated in the "Swadesh" (Homeland) section of Tagore’s lyrical anthology Gitabitan.

The song exhorts the listener to continue his or her journey, despite abandonment or lack of support from others. The song is often quoted in the context of political or social change movements. Mahatma Gandhi, who was deeply influenced by this song, cited it as one of his favorite songs.

Lyrics

The verses of Ekla Chalo Re read as follows:

Bengali script

যদি তোর ডাক শুনে কেউ না আসে তবে একলা চলো রে। x 2 tobe একলা চলো, একলা চলো, একলা চলো, একলা চলো রে॥ x2 Jodi tor dak sune keu na ase tobe ekla cholo re. যদি কেউ কথা না কয়, ওরে ও অভাগা,keu kotha na koy> যদি সবাই থাকে মুখ ফিরায়ে সবাই করে ভয়—x2 তবে পরান খুলে
ও তুই মুখ ফুটে তোর মনের কথা একলা বলো রে॥--x2 Jodi tor dak sune keu na ase tobe ekla cholo re... যদি সবাই ফিরে যায়, ওরে ওরে ও অভাগা,sobai fire jay.. যদি গহন পথে যাবার কালে কেউ ফিরে না চায়—x2 তবে পথের কাঁটা
ও তুই রক্তমাখা চরণতলে একলা দলো রে॥_x2 Jodi tor dak sune keu na ase tobe ekla cholo re... যদি আলো না ধরে, ওরে ওরে ও অভাগা, alo na dhore... যদি ঝড়-বাদলে আঁধার রাতে দুয়ার দেয় ঘরে--x2 তবে বজ্রানলে
আপন বুকের পাঁজর জ্বালিয়ে নিয়ে একলা জ্বলো রে।।--x2 Jodi tor dak sune keu naa aseee tobe ekla cholo re--x2 Tobe ekla cholo ,ekla cholo ,ekla cholo ,ekla cholo re__x2 Jodi tor dak sune keu na ase tobe ekla cholo re--x2

Romanization

Jodi tor dak shune keu na ashe tobe ekla cholo re,
Jodi tor dak shune keu na ashe tobe ekla cholo re, Ekla cholo, ekla cholo, ekla cholo, ekla cholo re.
Jodi tor dak shune keu na ashe tobe ekla cholo re, Jodi tor dak shune keu na ashe tobe ekla cholo re,

Jodi keu kotha na koe, ore ore o obhaga,keu kothana koi
Jodi shobai thake mukh firaee shobai kore bhoe, jodi shobaai thake mukh phiraae shobai kore bhoi—
Tobe poran khule
O tui mukh fute tor moner kotha ekla bolo re.

Jodi tor dak shune keu na ashe tobe ekla cholo re, Jodi tor dak shune keu na ashe tobe ekla cholo re,

Jodi shobai fire jae, ore ore o obhaga,shobai phire jai
Jodi gohon pothe jabar kale keu fire na chae, jodi gohon pothe jabar kale keu phire naa chaai—
Tobe pother kata
O tui roktomakha chorontole ekla dolo re

Jodi tor dak shune keu na ashe tobe ekla cholo re, Jodi tor dak shune keu na ashe tobe ekla cholo re,

Jodi alo na dhore, ore ore o obhaga,
Jodi jhor-badole adhar rate duar dee ghore—
Tobe bojranole
Apon buker pajor jalie nie ekla jolo re.

Jodi tor dak shune keu na ashe tobe ekla cholo re, Jodi tor dak shune keu na ashe tobe ekla cholo re,

Hindi translation

तेरी आवाज़ पर कोई ना आये तो फिर चल अकेला रे
फिर चल अकेला चल अकेला चल अकेला चल अकेला रे
ओ तू चल अकेला चल अकेला चल अकेला चल अकेला रे

तेरी आवाज़ पे कोई ना आये तो फिर चल अकेला रे
फिर चल अकेला चल अकेला चल अकेला चल अकेला रे

यदि कोई भी ना बोले ओरे ओ रे ओ अभागे कोई भी ना बोले
यदि सभी मुख मोड़ रहे सब डरा करे
तब डरे बिना ओ तू मुक्तकंठ अपनी बात बोल अकेला रे
ओ तू मुक्तकंठ अपनी बात बोल अकेला रे

तेरी आवाज़ पे कोई ना आये तो फिर चल अकेला रे

यदि लौट सब चले ओरे ओ रे ओ अभागे लौट सब चले
यदि रात गहरी चलती कोई गौर ना करे
तब पथ के कांटे ओ तू लहू लोहित चरण तल चल अकेला रे

तेरी आवाज़ पे कोई ना आये तो फिर चल अकेला रे

यदि दिया ना जले ओरे ओ रे ओ अभागे दिया ना जले
यदि बदरी आंधी रात में द्वार बंद सब करे
तब वज्र शिखा से तू ह्रदय पंजर जला और जल अकेला रे
ओ तू हृदय पंजर चला और जल अकेला रे

तेरी आवाज़ पे कोई ना आये तो फिर चल अकेला रे
फिर चल अकेला चल अकेला चल अकेला चल अकेला रे
ओ तू चल अकेला चल अकेला चल अकेला चल अकेला रे

English translation

Here is the translation in prose of the Bengali original rendered by Rabindranath Tagore himself.

If they are afraid and cower mutely facing the wall, O thou unlucky one, open your mind and speak out alone. If they turn away, and desert you when crossing the wilderness, O thou unlucky one, trample the thorns under thy tread, and along the blood-lined track travel alone. If they shut doors and do not hold up the light when the night is troubled with storm, O thou unlucky one, with the thunder flame of pain ignite your own heart, and let it burn alone.

Publication of lyric

"Ekla Chalo Re" was written at Giridih town in modern-day Jharkhand, India. It was one of the 22 protest songs written during the Swadeshi period of Indian freedom movement and along with "Amar Sonar Bangla", it became one of the key songs for the Anti-Partition Movement in Bengal Presidency in 1905.

Titled as "Eka" ("Alone") the song was first published in the September 1905 issue of Bhandar magazine. "Eka" was first included in Tagore’s song anthology Baul in 1905. In 1941, it was incorporated into the "Swadesh" ("Homeland") section of Gitabitan, the complete anthology of Tagore’s music.

The musical notation of "Ekla Chalo Re" was prepared by Indira Devi, a niece of Tagore. The notation was first published in the April–May 1906 issue of Sangeet-Vignan Prakashika magazine and later incorporated into the 46th volume of Swarabitan, the complete collection of Tagore’s musical notations.

Recording history

Ekla Chalo Re was first recorded by Rabindranath Tagore himself sometime between 1905 and 1908. The cylinder record labelled H. Bose Swadeshi Records is now lost. Two other records of the song made by Harendranath Dutta (record no P5270) and Hindustan Party (comprising Amala Dutta, Nandita Devi, Sudhin Dutta and Santidev Ghosh) (record no H 191) are released by Gramophone Company of India and Hindustan Records respectively.

Eminent Rabindra Sangeet singer Suchitra Mitra recorded this song twice, first in 1948 (record no N27823) and then in 1984 (record no PSPL 1501).

In popular culture

In 2004, "Ekla chalo re" song was used along with Hindi lyrics composed by A.R Rahman in the movie Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose: The Forgotten Hero. The song was included in a 2012 Bollywood film; Kahaani and is sung by actor Amitabh Bachchan under music direction of Vishal-Shekhar. Earlier, it had also been sung by Kishore Kumar. Manna Dey had sung the song in Hindi as Teri Awaz Pe Yadi Koi Naa Aye.

References

Ekla Chalo Re Wikipedia


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