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The Revolutionary and Proletariat Poems of Poet-Prodigy Sukanta Bhattacharya and Musical Renditions by Salil Chowdhury

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Raanaar (The Runner) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vApt4jMGec

Sukanta Bhattacharya (Translated by Monish R. Chatterjee)

[Preamble: (narrated by Hemanta Mukhopadhyay)- The Runner, he is the village mail carrier. Night after night, he carries upon his back sacksful of messages and mail from people near and far, and delivers them door to door. But- who cares ever for the message of his life?]

The Runner runs, hence you hear the tinkling

Of bells in the night. The Runner runs gripping

A sack of mail in his hand- he runs, he runs-

He runs in the dark of the night over roads and alleys

He runs like nothing can ever stop him.

From horizon to horizon he runs- for he has taken up

The task of bringing to one and all the freshest news.

The Runner carries upon his shoulders

The burden of the known and the unknown; he carries

With him a shipload of letters and news stories.

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Monish R. Chatterjee received the B.Tech. (Hons) degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering from I.I.T., Kharagpur, India, in 1979, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering, from the University of Iowa, (more...)
 

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