Hridoypur**

Dipankar’s work of translating these poems into English is much appreciated. This latest addition is completely fantastic. Love the rhythm and wording. Highly recommended reading, if you love reading poetry.

You’ll need to click-through to the original post to read the poem.

A Kaleidoscope World

This version: December 31, 2014

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Translation-cum-transcreation of a classic Bengali poem হৃদয়পুর (Hridoypur) by Shakti Chattopadhyay. The poem was published in his collection entitled ধর্মে আছো জিরাফেও আছ (dhorme aachho giraffe-eo achho, meaning, you exist in religion as well as in the giraffe) around the year 1977.

**For those unfamiliar with the Bengali language, the word “hridoy” means heart. The word “pur” means a locality. It’s a common suffix carried by a number of large as well as small towns and villages in India, such as Nagpur, Kanpur and so on. Hridoypur could mean a geographical territory, and indeed a locality by that name exists, but in the present context, the word “hridoy” (heart) lends to it a poetic connotation.





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One thought on “Hridoypur**

  1. Dear Nathan,

    Don’t know how to thank you enough. I have so far translated and to some extent transcreated around 30 poems. I am interested in poems with a rhythm. They pose a greater challenge than blank verse as far as translation work goes. I do not think it is possible to find a publisher. So I simply put them up on my site. Once in a blue moon a reader drops in and leaves a comment. Reading those comments is a wonderful experience. Thanks to your reblogging, I noticed one more reader today who liked the poem.

    All the best.

    Dipankar

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