Video | “Barge Duyor” (Backyard Door): Song 2 from Santali video album “Ale Ato” (Our Village) – West Bengal

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Barge Duyor (Backyard Door)

[Starting from 5:08]

An old man says:
Whenever I enter and leave my house through the back door I hear the hammering sound of the blacksmith from the other side of our village. Poor blacksmith, I am a widower, and your sound makes my heart heavy and fearful.
Every day at dawn I awake thinking of the pigeons, including the pregnant ones, who flew away from the earthen bowls by the sound of the rice husking machine near our house.

Literary translation

Coming out and in at the back door of the house,

I hear the sound of hammering,

At the end of our village the poor blacksmith prepares the ring of the cart.

Me too, poor blacksmith have no partner in life

Every beat of the hammer makes my heart tremble.

Backyard of the house and adjacent to the wall

I hear the sound of Dhinki ‘dhukur dhukur’ (Dinki-rice crusher machine made of wood)

The sound of Dhingki keeps me awake during the dawn of day.

Flight of pigeons under our thatch roof

About to hatch chicks today or tomorrow

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Courtesy: Dr. Boro Baski © Ghosaldanga Bishnubati Adibasi Trust –

Dr. Boro Baski works for the community-based organisation Ghosaldanga Adibasi Seva Sangha in West Bengal. The NGO is supported by the German NGO Freundeskreis Ghosaldanga und Bishnubati. He was the first person from his village to go to college as well as the first to earn a PhD (in social work) at Viswa-Bharati. This university was founded by Rabindranath Tagore to foster integrated rural development with respect for cultural diversity. The cooperation he inspired helps local communities to improve agriculture, economical and environmental conditions locally, besides facilitating education and health care based on modern science.

He authored Santali translations of Rabindranath Tagore’s Vidyasagar-Charit and Raktakarabi (Red Oleanders), published by the Asiatic Society & Sahitya Akademi in 2020.

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