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Two-Minute Silence - Kedarnath Singh

kedarnath-singhKedarnath Singh (7 July 1934 – 19 March 2018) was an eminent Hindi poet, critic and essayist of India. He clearly observes the world sprouted from age-old tradition, history and politics and splendidly depicts multifaceted themes in his powerful poetry. His major poetic works are– Abhi Bilkul Abhi (1960), Zameen pak Rahi Hai (1980), Yahan se Dekho (1983), Akaal mein Saaras (1988), Baagh (1996), Tolstoy aur Cycle (2005) and Srashti par Pehara (2014). He was awarded the Jnanpith Award (2013) and the Sahitya Akademi Award (1989) in Hindi for his poetry collection, 'Akaal Mein Saras' (Cranes in Drought).

 

दो मिनट का मौन - केदारनाथ सिंह  Two-Minute Silence - Kedarnath Singh

भाइयो और बहनो 

यह दिन डूब रहा है 

इस डूबते हुए दिन पर 

दो मिनट का मौन 

 

जाते हुए पक्षी पर 

रुके हुए जल पर 

झिरती हुई रात पर 

दो मिनट का मौन 

 

जो है उस पर 

जो नहीं है उस पर 

जो हो सकता था उस पर 

दो मिनट का मौन 

 

गिरे हुए छिलके पर 

टूटी हुई घास पर 

हर योजना पर 

हर विकास पर 

दो मिनट का मौन 

 

इस महान शताब्दी पर 

महान शताब्दी के महान इरादों पर 

और महान वादों पर 

दो मिनट का मौन 

 

भाइयो और बहनो 

इस महान विशेषण पर 

दो मिनट का मौन 

Brothers and sisters

The day is going to set

On this sinking day

Let's observe two-minute silence.

 

On the bird flying away

On the stagnant water

On the falling night

Let's observe two-minute silence.

 

On what exists

On what is not

On what could be

Let's observe two-minute silence.

 

On the fallen rind

On the broken grass

On every plan

On every development

Let's observe two-minute silence.

 

On this great century

On grand intentions of the great century

And on great promises

Let's observe two-minute silence.

 

Brothers and sisters 

On this great adjective

Let's observe two-minute silence.

 

Translated by Abnish Singh Chauhan

 About the Translator:  

 

abnish-4Dr Abnish Singh Chauhan (1979) is a bilingual poet, critic, translator and editor (Hindi and English). His significant books include Swami Vivekananda: Select Speeches, Speeches of Swami Vivekananda and Subhash Chandra Bose: A Comparative Study, King Lear : A Ctritical Study, Functional English, The Fictional World of Arun Joshi: Paradigm Shift in Values, Burns Within (Poems B.S. Gautam 'Anurag' translated from Hindi into English) and Tukada Kagaz Ka (Hindi Lyrics). 


 

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