Video | “Dhuri Daka” (Rice made of Dust): Song 7 from Santali video album “Ale Ato” (Our Village) – West Bengal

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Dhuri Daka (Rice made of Dust)

[Starting from 5:46]

A boy tells a girl:
Oh Muni, you may have forgotten the days when we played together under the banyan tree. Playfully we cooked dust as if it were rice and tree-leaves as if they were curry. How we used to catch fish together in the muddy water and pull out lotus-roots from the water to eat. Maybe you no longer remember?
The girl tells the boy:
Remembering our bygone days makes my heart burn, the smile of my child lightens my heart.

Literary translation

Rice made with dust and curry with leaves
Playing around the banyan tree,
Oh Muni, you have forgotten the days
We used to play together.

Catching fish together Muni
Throwing out the lotus roots from the water to eat,
Playing in muddy water
You may not remember now.

Collecting firewood in scorching heat,
Collecting vegetables at noon in the field,
Managing the family makes me tired.

Remembering bygone days
Makes my heart burn,
Smile of my child makes me smile
and my heart light.

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