By Jyotiprasad Agarwala
Star-spangled is the Luit's sky The Dipawali of my blood on its banks Mother, shed no tears The lamp of blood is lit on the sacred altar By your sons and daughters The flame ignited during the days of Lachit Is yet to extinguish, O' mother The wick burns with spurts of blaze With fresher and newer blood Douse not the fire with your gushing tears Let the grim darkness melt away Star-spangled is the Luit's sky The Dipawali of my blood on its banks ........................... * Luit : another name of the Brahmaputra river * Dipawali : festival of light
Translated by Krishna Dulal Barua
Jyotiprasad Agarwala (b.1903-d.1951) was a noted poet, songwriter, playwright, filmmaker and freedom fighter of Assam.
Krishna Dulal Barua is a prominent translator and writer based in Nagaon, Assam. He received the Katha Award for translation in 2005.