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पेंन्टिंग! by Gulzar: A Translation and Transcreation

April 28, 2018 | By and

Painting is a beautiful poem by legendary poet-lyricist-filmmaker Gulzar. Sunita Singh and Dr Ampat Koshy present a translation and transcreation of this visually evocative poem.

painting Gulzar poem

पेंन्टिंग!

 
रात कल गहरी नींद में थी जब
एक ताज़ा सफेद कैनवस पर
आतिशीं लाल सुर्ख रंगों से
मैंने रोशन किया था इक सूरज

सुबह तक जल गया था वो कैनवस
राख बिखरी हुई थी कमरे में….!

Poetry by Gulzar
 

THE TRANSLATION

 
Painting

Yesterday when night was in deep slumber
On a fresh white canvas
With fiery red colours
I lit up a sun

That canvas got burnt up by morning
The ashes were scattered in the room…!
 

AFTER GULZAR: A TRANSCREATION

 
Yesterday, when the night drowned
I set the sun aflame
with reds
on a white canvas

that kept burning till it exploded, this morn
scattering ashes everywhere…!

More  to read in Translations

 

Rabindranath Tagore’s Chitrangada: English Translation (Part I)

Bipade More Rakkha Karo: The Prayer to Be Fearless (Translation of Tagore Song)

Two Tagore Songs of ‘Puja’ Parjaay in Translation

The opinions shared by the writers are their personal opinion and does not reflect the opinion of Learning and Creativity Magazine. The writers are solely responsible for any claims arising out of the contents of this article.

Sunita Singh is a bi-lingual poet and writer. Some of her poems feature in Anthologies and e-magazines. Many of her poems have also won awards on on - line forums. A few of her Hindi poems have been turned into lyrics for private albums. She is also an active member of a forum reviving Indian languages.
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Dr. Koshy A.V. is presently working as an Assistant Professor in the English Department of Jazan University, Saudi Arabia. He has many books, degrees, diplomas, certificates, prizes, and awards to his credit and also, besides teaching, is an editor, anthology maker, poet, critic and writer of fiction. He runs an autism NPO with his wife, Anna Gabriel.
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