By Bishnu Prasad Rava
To the cadence of the world With great joy And elation Dance, O’ you destroyer of darkness They worship Today the congregation of disciples— Thy lotus feet They worship. Light up O’ pyrolator The sacred fire Let it destroy darkness Your winning fire. In the temple of the world Let the flames of light Of the lamp of knowledge Dance Destroying the darkness of ignorance With the thrill of joy In the rhythm of the dance The flowering wilderness Sway and flutter to the rhythm The blossoming flower garden The spreading redolence Fills up the beautiful earth With the fragrance of flowers.
Translated by Uttam Duorah
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Bishnu Prasad Rava (1909-1969) was a renowned artist, writer, actor, song writer and politician of Assam.
Uttam Duorah, the translator, retired as the HoD, English, Women’s College, Tinsukia and is based in Tinsukia, Assam.