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Echoing Tagore’s Love for the Monsoons

Sukanya Guha

ASIAN-EUROPEAN MUSIC RESEARCH JOURNAL 6 (2020)     pp: 101-104     2020-12-04

Stichworte/keywords: Season, Poetry, Emotion, Composition, Raga

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Guha, S. (2020). Echoing Tagore’s Love for the Monsoons. ASIAN-EUROPEAN MUSIC RESEARCH JOURNAL, 6 , 101-104. doi:10.30819/aemr.6-8
doi = {10.30819/aemr.6-8},
url = {},
year = 2020,
publisher = {Logos Verlag Berlin},
volume = {6},
pages = {101-104},
author = {Sukanya Guha},
title = {Echoing Tagore’s Love for the Monsoons},

In India, Bengal’s most celebrated literary figure, Rabindranath Tagore, was specifically sensitive regarding the various seasons occurring in India. The monsoon and its relation with Tagore’s songs is the main focus of this paper. The monsoon, when Mother Nature spreads her beauty by unravelling her bounty treasures, is richly expressed by Tagore. In the composition for the khanika (poem) ‘Asho nai tumi phalgune’ [you did not come in the spring season] Tagore says: “when I awaited eagerly for your visit in the spring, you didn’t come. Please, don’t make me wait any longer and do come during the full monsoon”. In another of his songs he visualises on a cloudy sunless day, a person’s longing to share his or her deepest treasure of feeling for that particular important person ‘Emon ghonoghor boroshaye’ [in this heavy downpour] (Tagore 2002: 333, song 248). Through these poetic compositions and many more, one may understand the depth in Tagore’s understanding of the human’s emotional details regarding this specific season. The monsoon may also be disastrous. According to Tagore’s a composition ‘Bame rakho bhoyonkori’ [keep aside the destructions] (Tagore 2002: 394, song 58) he describes as well as wishes that the monsoon keeps away the damage or distress from people’s lives. His tunes blend with his words and emotions, not to mention the ragas that are believed to be related with rain that is popular to the Indian subcontinent such as Rag Megh or Rag Mian ki Malhar. These have been affluently used by Tagore to create emotional feelings through his words. He expresses being a philosopher with whom people can find a connection, irrespective of their regional background.
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