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8 Baihar Hana Sare (Over the Green Field)
This is the song we have composed for our Non-formal Santal school, the Rolf Schoembs Vidyashram. The students and teachers of the school sing it regularly. It describes how the school campus that is surrounded by trees was created on a green field and at the bank of a small river; how the children go to the school in the morning walking and running all the way; how they learn the lessons through dance and music. The song also tells how the men and women of the surrounding villages came together to build the school; and how everybody is now happy with their school.
Beyond the green field
at the bank of the small river,
Bounded with trees
It is there our RSV ashram.
From the morning by walking and running
For the reading and writing,
Sounded with dance and music
It is our RSV ashram.
Clearing the bush and jungle
Leveling the scattered heap of soil,
Drying the soft clay
We built RSV ashram.
From the beginning there you are ,
Let us speak same words together now.
There looks hazy in the distance afar
Bidhya Bandlo Banspukur Sar kayet Chandypur
At the backyard again
There comes the sounds
O te orah, Bo te bol
Let us enter to the RSV
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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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