Video | “Hermet Dipil” (On my Hip and my Head): Song 4 from Santali video album “Ale Ato” (Our Village) – West Bengal

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Hermet Dipil (On my Hip and my Head)

[Starting from 13:19]

A young girl tells her mother:
I am tired of carrying an earthen water pot on my hip and on my head, dear mother. Buy me some pots of silver and gold.
I am tired of carrying my little brother on my hip from one side of the village to the other every day.
I want a little sister like my friend Thermeng has.

Literary translation

Keeping earthen pot on my hip and on my head,

I am tired of carrying water every day dear mother.

Buy me pots of silver and gold.

From upper part of the village to the lower part

I am tired of carrying my little brother on my hip every day,

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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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