When you came in the darkness/The moon had not risen on the ocean/O Unknown! I knew you by my senses/Your touch played music in my heart/When you went away alone/The moon was high in the night, then I saw the garland by the road/I understood for whom you left it.

As in many great philosophers (Rumi for instance), Tagore’s notion of love encompasses both romantic love as well as a spiritual dimension of divine love. In this, Tagore constantly strives to dissolve the boundaries between the human and the divine. In the video below, one such haunting song of love is sung by Sharmila Roy Pommot, one of the foremost contemporary exponents of Tagore based in Paris.  A translation of the song,  by Anandarup Ray is provided above.

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