Sunday, August 15, 2004

Vande Mataram - by Bankim Chandra Chatterjee

Happy Independence Day, Fellow Indians
This was the part of a play called Anand Math written by Bankim Chandra Chatterjee(1838-1894). The sanskrit song is in italics.

The version of this song I like the best is the Revival from A.R.Rehman's Vande Mataram album.

Vande Mataram

Sujalam Suphalam
richly-watered, richly-fruited
Malayaja sheetalam
cool with the winds of the south,
Shasyashyamalam
dark with the crops of the harvests,
Mataram
The Mother!

Shubhrajyothsna pulakitayaminim
Her nights rejoicing in the glory of the moonlight
Phullakusumita dramadala shobinim
her lands clothed beautifully with her trees in flowering bloom
Suhasinim sumadhura bhashinim
sweet of laughter, sweet of speech
Sukhadam varadam mataram
giver of bliss, giver of boons, the Mother
Vande mataram
I bow to thee, Mother.

3 comments:

Mudra Rakshasa said...

Once again Sambar, excellent work! The actual meaning was quite a revelation to me. For having given voice to the song on so many occasions, I never contemplated the lyrics.

sambar42 said...

Check out the song 'revival' from the Vande Mataram Album by A.R.Rehman. The link is on my article.

arnab_iitr said...

Vande Mataram - by Bankim Chandra Chatterjee was written when freedom struggle broke out in Bengal,and this song has been categorised by the cosntitution as a National Song and cannot be distorted in any form for commerical purposes.I dont know who gave Mr Rahman the right to label the national song as "Rahman's Vande Matram" .Thanks to God he didnt make a pop song out it.