Still my favourite Bengali song: Beautiful voice, language, song, scenery; beautiful everything.

English lyrics:

The same stream of life that runs through my veins night and day runs through the world and dances in rhythmic measures.

It is the same life that shoots in joy through the dust of the earth in numberless blades of grass and breaks into tumultuous waves of leaves and flowers.

It is the same life that is rocked in the ocean-cradle of birth and of death, in ebb and in flow.

I feel my limbs are made glorious by the touch of this world of life. And my pride is from the life-throb of ages dancing in my blood this moment.

Bengali lyrics:

Bhulbona ar shohojete
Shei praan e mon uthbe mete
Mrittu majhe dhaka ache
je ontohin praan

Bojre tomar baje bashi
She ki shohoj gaan
Shei shurete jagbo ami

Bojre tomar baje bashi
She ki shohoj gaan
dao more shei gaan

Shei jhor jeno shoi anonde
Chittobinar taare
Shopto-shindhu dosh digonto
Nachao je jhonkare!

Bojre tomar baje bashi
She ki shohoj gaan
Shei shurete jagbo ami

Bojre tomar baje bashi
She ki shohoj gaan

Shei shurete jagbo ami
Bojre tomar baje bashi
She ki shohoj gaan
dao more shei gaan

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Kupalo! Kupalo!

No words can accurately describe the amount of euphoria I feel whenever I watch this video. Thank you, Ivan Kupala (the project) for making this possible.

Awaken, native spirit! The earth is not dead, the trees still sing, the people still want to dance with you.

If you wish to sing along, I have the lyrics which I can transliterate from Russian Cyrillic to Roman for you.

Ivan Kupala is a Russian musical group that mixes traditional Russian folk songs with electronic sounds, producing a unique blend of world music called ethnic electronica.

“Kostroma” (the title of this video and song) is another name for Kupalo (literally “to bathe”): a Slavonic god of fertility and the summer season. His festival, also called Kupalo, was originally celebrated on the summer solstice (which was 5 days ago) but is now more commonly celebrated under the *guise* of Ivan Kupala Day or “Snt John the Bather” (ring a bell?).

So bathe in the summer rains! Kupalo reigns!

(PS: Para sa mga Tagalog, huwag kayong bastos, wala iyang koneksyon sa ‘kupal’.)