Video | “Nadi Hudin Khon”: Song 1 from Santali video album “Ale Ato” (Our Village) – West Bengal

1 Nadi Hudin Khon (From Childhood)

[Starting from 1:06]

Theme
A daughter tells her mother:
Dear mother, you brought me up from childhood but you were not able to make use of my physical strength. You nourished me as a baby and taught me how to clean the courtyard, catch snails from the pond, collect the vegetables from the forest and firewood from the jungle. Now you married me off, but I know you will remember me and weep silently while taking food and sweeping the verandah. I am so sad that I am leaving you alone at home.

Literary translation

From a small child you grown me up

Where could you use my strength dear mother,

At the end of your life you will realize

You will be sweeping the courtyard by supporting your hip with your hand,

You will be eating rice keeping your hand on your cheek

Tears will be falling on the water bowl.

In the courtyard there is your broom

In the cowshed there is your basket to clean cow dung dear mother,

On the top and bottom of Garshade (raised platform to keep cleaned utensils) there are your utensils and bronze pot,

Now I leave you dear mother.

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