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» The Golden Boat সোনার তরী
» Where the Mind is Without Fear চিত্ত যেথা ভয় শূন্য
» If They Answer Not To Thy Call যদি তোর ডাক শুনে কেউ না আসে
» Krishnokoli কৃষ্ণকলি
» Oh My Bangla! আ-মরি বাংলা ভাষা
» I Sing in Bangla আমি বাংলায় গান গাই
» The Captive Hero বন্দী বীর
» Indian National Anthem জন গন মন
» Bangladeshi National Anthem আমার সোনার বাংলা
» Twinkle Twinkle Little Star ঝিক্ মিক্ ঝিক্ মিক্ ক্ষুদ্র তারা
» To Be a Hindu is Great Fun হিন্দু হওয়া বড়ই মজা
» Lullaby - There was once a Billy Goat এক যে ছিল রামচাগল
» Lullaby - Godai who lives near the Ganges গঙ্গাপারের গদাইবাবু
These Children's stories are from the ever-popular Thakuromar Jhuli (Grandma's Knapsack). This collection has the following stories:
Two Crows, The Ugly Tree, The Two Beggars,
The Greedy Dog, Lion and Mouse, Fox and The Crow,
The Clever Crow, Fox and Grapes, Lion and Cows,
The Crow Who Pretended, Hare and Tortoise,
Two Silly Goats, The Clever Cap Seller,
Clever Donkey, Monkeys Justice
The Panchatantra is an ancient Indian collection of inter-woven fables, many of which involve animals exhibiting animal stereotypes. According to its own narrative, it illustrates, for the benefit of three ignorant princes, the central principles for 'the wise conduct of life'. This collection includes:
Tortoise and Geese, The Wise Old Bird,
The Stork and the Crab, The Boat,
Monkey and Crocodile, The Blue Jackal,
The Horse and the Donkey, The Clever Bull,
The King and The Noble Deer, Crow and Snake,
The Four Friends, Grateful Ant,
The Mouse Maid, The Magic Stick,
The Lion Makers, Wise Little Rabbit,
The Loyal Mongoose, Three Fish,
Talking Cave, Union Is Strength
Birbal was a Hindu Brahmin advisor in the court of the Mughal Emperor Akbar. He is mostly known for the folk tales which focus on his wit. Birbal was appointed by Emperor Akbar as a poet and singer in around 1556–1562. He had a close association with the Emperor, being part of his group of most important courtiers called the navaratna or nine jewels. This collection includes:
A True Merchant, Akbar, Birbal And Mangos, Counting The Blind People, Unlucky Person, Birbal And Singer, Birthday Party, A Floating Palace, Honesty Is The Best Policy, Test For Wisdom, Half Light, Half Shadow, A Furious Horse, Birbal's Khichuri (The Palace Light),
A Magic Stick, Bird Census, All Happens For Good,
Treat For Fools, Mother Tongue, Tamarind Tree As A Witness, A Small Line
Tenali Raman Stories in Bengali. Includes:
Jar with Seeds, Hungry Horse, Horse Free with Cat, Ramans Clever Son, Raman and Magician, Precious Ring, Thief Behind the Bush, Nothing for Nothing, Sharing the Reward, Delhi Yatra, Never Lie, Cat Fears Milk, Krishna Tests Ramkrishna, Raman Steals Brinjal, Born to be Free, King Punishes Tenali, A Lesson with Interest, Free Labour, Art Sense Common Sense, Raman Enters Court
Faily Tales in Bangla. Includes:
সিনডরেলা। - Cinderella, লায়ন এবং মাউস গল্প - Lion and the mouse, লিটল রেড রাইডিং হুড - Little Red Riding Hood, লিটল মারমেড - Little Mermaid, ব্যাঙ রাজকুমার - Frog Prince, রাজকন্যা - স্লিপিং সৌন্দর্য - Sleeping Beauty, অরুপ হংসশাবক - The Ugly Duckling, শহরে মাউস এবং দেশ মাউস - Town Mouse and Country Mouse, জিনজার ব্রেড মানুষ - Gingerbread Man, হ্যানসেল ও গ্রেটেল - Hansel and Gretel, থাম্বেলিনা - Thumbelina, হেইডি - Heidi, নেকড়ে আর সাতটি বাচ্চা - Wolf and Seven Goats, রূপান্জেল - Rapunzel, জ্যাক ও সিম - Jack and the Beanstalk, সৌন্দর্য এবং জন্তু - Beauty and the beast, স্নো হোয়াইট ও সাত বামুন - Snow White, তিনটি ছোট শূকরছানা - Three Little Pigs, Pinocchio, পিটার প্যান - Peter Pan, আলিবাবা ও চল্লিশ চোর - Alibaba
HAJABARALA is a Nonsense story by the great children's storyteller Sukumar Ray. The story starts with a child who suddenly wakes up from sleep to find strange things happening - A talking cat; a raven - Kskkeshwar, Gechodada, Heejibeeji and Byakran Shing are some of the funny and crazy characters in this unique story written by Sukumar Ray
The documentary details the life and work of the celebrated Bengali writer Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941). He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913 "because of his profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse, by which, with consummate skill, he has made his poetic thought, expressed in his own English words, a part of the literature of the West." Rabindranath Tagore was the youngest son of Debendranath Tagore, born in Calcutta. He was educated at home. At seventeen he was sent to England for formal schooling, which he did not complete. Tagore was knighted by the ruling British Government in 1915, but within a few years he resigned the honor as a protest against British policies in India.
The documentary was made to celebrate Tagore's birth centenary in May 1961. Ray was conscious that he was making an official portrait of India's celebrated poet and hence the film does not include any controversial aspects of Tagore's life. However, it is far from being a propaganda film.
The film comprises dramatized episodes from the poet's life and archived images and documents.
The dramatized sequences of boy Rabi (Rabindranath Tagore) and young Tagore in his twenties are moving and lyrical. Ray has been reported to have said, "Ten or twelve minutes of it are among the most moving and powerful things that I have produced".
Awards * President's Gold Medal, New Delhi, 1961 * Golden Seal, Locarno, 1961 * Special Mention, Montevideo, 1962
Gitanjali is a collection of 103 poems of the Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore in English, translated by the poet himself. This volume became well known in the West, and was widely translated into other languages. In England a slender volume was published in 1913, with an exhilarating preface by W. B. Yeats. In the same year, Rabindranath became the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize. His work, thus became a part of the English literature.
Gitanjali is a blend of a number of themes and ideas. It explores the relationship between the creator, nature, individual and humanity. The book becomes a revelation, and incantation, like mantras and the poem as a whole opens the closed petals of our lotus heart. It is an X'ray of our inner reality. The poems of Gitanjali are the offerings of the finite to the infinite. Gitanjali is Tagore's autobiography. At the same time it is the voice our own soul.
The India Bangladesh Foundation (IBF) and Shurolok Bangladesh pay tribute to the great poet through the publication of this documentary that traces the history of Gitanjali and its continued relevance in the World we live in. LM Ericsson Bangladesh Limited lent its support toward the production of the DVD for wider dissemination of Timeless Gitanjali, as a learning object for Bengalis and non-Bengali speakers alike all over the World.
The Concept designer, Director and script writer- Dr. Chanchal Khan
Duration: 47:19 Minutes
It is common knowledge that Rabindranath Tagore won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913 for his Gitanjali. In what language did the Bengali poet write? The Gitanjali we know was in English, but why did Tagore almost never write any subsequent poetry in that language? When he was awarded the Nobel, the slim volume of Gitanjali was the only major literary work in English that the poet had to his credit. Yet the Nobel committee passed over luminaries like Thomas Hardy to award the prize to Tagore. What did the West find in Tagore?
Published on Mar 25, 2013
Gitanjali is a collection of poems by Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore. The original Bengali collection of 157 poems was published on August 14, 1910. The English Gitanjali or Song Offerings is a collection of 103 English poems of Tagore's own English translations of his Bengali poems first published in November 1912 by the India Society of London. It contained translations of 53 poems from the original Bengali Gitanjali, as well as 50 other poems which were from his drama Achalayatan and eight other books of poetry - mainly Gitimalya (17 poems), Naivedya (15 poems) and Kheya (11 poems). The translations were undertaken prior to a visit to England in 1912, where the poems were extremely well received. In 1913, Tagore became the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize - specifically the Nobel Prize for Literature - largely for the English Gitanjali. The Nobel Prize was awarded to Rabindranath Tagore "because of his profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse, by which, with consummate skill, he has made his poetic thought, expressed in his own English words, a part of the literature of the West".
Doordarshan brings to you a lyrical version of the aforesaid collection in a melodious avatar in the voices of - Jagjit Singh, Anuradha Paudwal, Kavita Krishnamurti, Suresh Wadkar, Vinod Rathod, Kumar Sanu, Anup Jalota, Sunidhi Chauhan. A fitting tribute to the legendary poet...
Mr. and Mrs. Iyer is a 2002 Indian drama film written and directed by Aparna Sen and produced by N. Venkatesan. The film features Aparna Sen's daughter Konkona Sen Sharma as Meenakshi Iyer, a Tamil Iyer Brahmin who is a Hindu. Rahul Bose portrays the character of Raja Chowdhury, a Bengali Muslim wildlife photographer. The story revolves around these two lead characters during a fateful bus journey amidst the carnages of a communal strife in India. Zakir Hussain, an Indian tabla maestro, composed the background score and music for the film; Goutam Ghose, a film director himself, was the cinematographer.
Mr. and Mrs. Iyer premiered at the Locarno International Film Festival in Switzerland and was showcased at other prominent film festivals. The film opened to Indian audiences on 19 July 2002. It was met with critical acclaim upon release, and won several national and international awards, including the Golden Maile award at the Hawaii International Film Festival and the Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration in India. The film, which was also released as a DVD, had English as its predominant language with a sporadic use of Hindi, Tamil, and Bengali.
As you learn new Bangla words, you want to make sure that
You are pronouncing the Bangla letters properly
You can break down the word into units called syllables
You are stressing the correct syllables as you speak the word
We will look at each of these in this discussion.
Pronouncing Bangla Letters of the Alphabet
As you have seen in Learn the Bangla Alphabet, Bangla has 11 Vowels (with 10 vowel diacritics), 35 Consonants and 4 Consonant Signs.
On this site, I have used the suborNo Phonetic Transliteration to represent the phonetic sounds of the letters of the alphabet. The following rules are used when two or more letters appear in sequence.
All Consonants have an inherent "o" sound. For example, the letter 'ক' sounds like ko by itself.
A Consonant sound can be modified by adding a Vowel diacritic. For example, if you add the vowel diacritic for Vowel 'ই' which is 'ি', then you get কি which sounds like ki. Note that the Vowel 'অ' does not have a diacritic form.
When 2 Consonants occur in sequence, a Compound Consonant is formed. In Unicode, the internal representation is 2 Consonants with a hosonto ('্') between them. So the Compound Consonant 'ন'+'্'+'দ'=ন্দ which is seen in the word আনন্দanondo, the Bangla word for joy.
One Consonant, 'য়'y called ontesto-awe, is called a semi-vowel. It can replace a Vowel in forming Syllables.
Consonant Signs cannot have Vowel diacritics attached to them, nor can they be combined with other Consonants to form Compound Consonants
A Syllable is defined as:
a unit of pronunciation having one vowel sound, with or without surrounding consonants, forming the whole or a part of a word; e.g., there are two syllables in wa-ter and three in in-fer-no .
ORIGIN late Middle English: from an Anglo-Norman French alteration of Old French sillabe, via Latin from Greek sullabē, from sun- ‘together’ + lambanein ‘take.’
In Bangla, the following rules are adhered to:
A Vowel can form a syllable on its own
Consonants need an accompanying Vowel or Vowel diacritic to form a syllable
Syllable forms (V=Vowel/Vowel Diacritic,C=Consonant,Y=Consonant 'য়',X=Joiner hosonto)
Vowel Syllables - V, VC, VY
Consonant Syllables - CV, CVC, CVY, CCVC
Compound Consonants - CXCV,CXCVC (slightly different when they are in the middle of a word)
Syllables starting with Vowels
Syllables starting with Consonants
Compound Consonants at beginning of word
Compound consonants in the middle of a word
শান্তিshantipeace(n.) - Second letter
of Compound Consonant will begin a linked syllable as in shan-ti
It would be very tedious to try to parse every word in your vocabulary into syllables. All these rules have been codified in the Pronunciation Wizard in the Learn Bangla section of this site.
Which Syllables Are To Be Stressed?
Bangla word pronunciation is "Trochaic".
A trochee or choree, choreus, is a metrical foot used in formal poetry consisting of a stressed syllable followed by an unstressed one. Trochee comes from the Greek τροχός, trokhós, wheel, and choree from χορός, khorós, dance; both convey the "rolling" rhythm of this metrical foot.
The primary stress falls on the initial syllable of the word, while secondary stress often falls on all odd-numbered syllables thereafter. Long words in Bangla (usually compound words) are pronounced by stressing the odd syllables. Some examples are given below.
All these rules and more have been incorporated into Pronunciation Wizard. You can enter a block of Bangla text into the blue box on the left and click on the "Bangla to English Pronunciation" button. Some samples are provided for you to try it out.
if you entered the Bangla Text,
you will see English Pronunciation.
গগনে গরজে মেঘ, ঘন বরষা।
go‧go‧ne go‧ro‧je megh, ghono bo‧ro‧Sha.
কূলে একা বসে আছি, নাহি ভরসা।
kU‧le eka bo‧se achhi, na‧hi bho‧ro‧sa.
রাশি রাশি ভারা ভারা
ra‧shi ra‧shi bha‧ra bha‧ra
ধান কাটা হল সারা,
dhan ka‧Ta hol sa‧ra,
ভরা নদী ক্ষুরধারা
bho‧ra no‧dI kShuro‧dha‧ra
কাটিতে কাটিতে ধান এল বরষা।
ka‧Ti‧te ka‧Ti‧te dhan el bo‧ro‧Sha.
With the knowledge that we stress the initial and every odd-numbered syllable, it should give you more confidence in pronouncing Bangla words, especially the confusing long words.