Video | “Barge Duyor” (Backyard Door): Song 2 from Santali video album “Ale Ato” (Our Village) – West Bengal

Barge Duyor (Backyard Door)

[Starting from 5:08]

Theme
An old man says:
Whenever I enter and leave my house through the back door I hear the hammering sound of the blacksmith from the other side of our village. Poor blacksmith, I am a widower, and your sound makes my heart heavy and fearful.
Every day at dawn I awake thinking of the pigeons, including the pregnant ones, who flew away from the earthen bowls by the sound of the rice husking machine near our house.

Literary translation

Coming out and in at the back door of the house,

I hear the sound of hammering,

At the end of our village the poor blacksmith prepares the ring of the cart.

Me too, poor blacksmith have no partner in life

Every beat of the hammer makes my heart tremble.

Backyard of the house and adjacent to the wall

I hear the sound of Dhinki ‘dhukur dhukur’ (Dinki-rice crusher machine made of wood)

The sound of Dhingki keeps me awake during the dawn of day.

Flight of pigeons under our thatch roof

About to hatch chicks today or tomorrow

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Courtesy: Dr. Boro Baski © Ghosaldanga Bishnubati Adibasi Trust –

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