Raising South Asian Voices

Cynthia Dettman:  Author

AR Rahman, Indian and world musician

My law school friend Prageetha just introduced me the very famous Indian singer and composer AR Rahman.  He looks like a world-class, fusion musician who’s known around the world.  She and her friends recently created a music video for him to celebrate his birthday; it’s a medley of many of his famous songs.  Aren’t they sweet?

So I started looking him up and was really impressed with his musicality.  This song below is interesting:  It’s a song about the longing of a successful Indian immigrant to return to his homeland.  Check out this article; scroll down to the 8th video listed; and then listen to the music video as you read this translation.

(8th Video on the list)

Ye Jo Des Hai Tera

This country of yours, your motherland
calls out to you..
this is a bond which can never break

how can you ever forget the scent of the earth (of your homeland)
wherever you go, you will come back.
in new paths (that you take), in quiet sighs
to your lost heart, someone will say
[the someone here is nothing but an inner voice of himself.]

Your life is saying to you,
you have achieved everything,
what’s there that is still missing then?

as such, all comforts are there for you,
but you’re far from your home
come, let’s go back, O crazy one
where at least someone will call you their own
that country of yours calls you..

It’s this very moment,
in which there is hidden,
an complete century,
an entire lifetime.

Don’t you ask why there is
a two-way fork on the road..
[this represents a dilemma]
you are the one who should suggest the path
you are the one who would tell
in which direction to take, that country..

 

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