O Come To Sádhanakéri (ಬಾರೊ ಸಾಧನಕೇರಿಗೆ)

One of Da Ra Bendre’s most popular song-poems (ಹಾಡುಗಬ್ಬ), he wrote it as a ಸ್ವಗತ (~soliloquy) when the unexpected loss of his job forced him to return to his home “ಶ್ರೀಮಾತಾ”in Sádhanakéri, Dharwad.

Here is a recording of my reciting (singing) the original Kannada poem. The tune, if one is discernible, is Praveen Godkhindi’s.

O Come To Sádhanakéri (ಬಾರೊ ಸಾಧನಕೇರಿಗೆ)

O come to Sádhanakéri,
Back to this town where you were merry.

To the wagon pulled by the rains;
The green has risen up the plains;
The green into the town has grown;
The green along the paths has shown.
A very piece of heaven’s fallen here;
Is there anyone who is not cheered?
O come to Sádhanakéri,
Back to this town where you were merry.

The mountain’s face itself has turned;
The singing koel is sweet-throatèd;
The fences too are flower-fingered;
The land’s youth has returnèd.
And mother-earth has stretched and risen;
For Shrávana’s beauty it is the season.
O come to Sádhanakéri,
Back to this town where you were merry.

Look on the shadow-play of the clouds above;
The multitude of flowered groves;
The countless honey-bees that hover;
The spell within the yakshi’s bower.
Come watch the butterflies that play
In groups above the meadows gay.
O come to Sádhanakéri,
Back to this town where you were merry.

The trees have stretched toward the sky;
Within the shrubs are songs of play;
The wind itself wings all around;
All anxiousness has fled this ground.
O tell me, friend, where else is there
A sight like this, a sight so fair?
O come to Sádhanakéri,
Back to this town where you were merry.

(Translated by Madhav K. Ajjampur)

Poem Details: From the collection “ಗಂಗಾವತರಣ,” first published in 1951.

Author: Madhav Ajjampur

I'm Madhav, from Bangalore. I write my own poetry in English and translate Shri Bendre's poetry from Kannada into English. (You can read my translations at https://darabendreinenglish.com/). My favourite poets include Yeats, Tagore, Bendre, Dylan Thomas, Emily Dickinson, and Gerard Hopkins. If you'd like to get in touch, do write to me at mk.ajjampur@gmail.com. I'd be very happy to hear from you!

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