Bengali Shadow Sounds


Recently for my creative writing class, we had to compose a piece of prose or poetry using ‘found words’. We were told to go through magazines, newspapers etc., cut out words that we liked, and try to make something of them. After two hours of painstaking cutting, I faced a good few square feet of floor, covered in little rectangles of paper. I struggled to find a starting point, arranging them and rearranging them to try and create something coherent. Suddenly, one word caught my eye – Bengali. Then another – sounds. I thought of kirtan and remembered the time when in Mayapur late one evening, as I walked back to my room, I passed some small buildings that were part of the bramhacari ashram. With the tour buses no longer honking their horns, the dogs no longer barking and the temple tannoy system fast asleep πŸ™‚ , I could hear someone playing harmonium and singing, very softly through the trees. I stood for a few minutes. The floodlight above me was engulfed in a cloud of moths and mosquitoes but the sound was so captivating that I couldn’t leave. As I finally got into bed that night, I felt so thankful that their Lordships, Sri Pancatattva, had allowed me to come to this holy place, where Krsna’s name can be found everywhere at every time.

The five stars worshipped by the Harrison family…

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3 responses to “Bengali Shadow Sounds

  1. Your description of the bhajan in Mayapur moved me to stillness. I felt transported to a humid night in Bengal, listening to a captivating bhajan. Thank you – even your prose is like poetry πŸ™‚

    Bhakti

  2. Love the poem – amazing! I was inspired to write a post on it at KC Blogger!

  3. Amazing poem… I feel like “finding” a poem now! πŸ™‚

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