Magic with words

I was reading ‘Sanna Kathegalu – Volume 1‘, short stories by Maasti Venkatesh Iyengar, and there was this short poem in one of the stories. When I read it first, it felt familiar. It took me some time to make out the original rhyme.
What a magic with words. Kannada What a wonderful language it is. Wonderful translation done here. Any guess on the original poem? 😉
Speaking about translation works, B>M Sri has done an amazing work in translating English poems to Kannada. Karunaalu baa belake is one such example. Original is here – Lead, kindly Light

7 thoughts on “Magic with words

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    Srik - March 22, 2007

    Twinkle Twinkle little star
    How I wonder what you are!
    Up above the world so high
    Like a diamond in the sky!!!

    Wonderful Prashanth. Yes, Kannada is a star language. And these literary giants have added more glitter to it.


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    Srik - March 22, 2007

    And yes,

    Lead Kindly light is my all time favourite poem. I must admit that Karunaalu Baa BeLake beats the original!!

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    Anonymous - March 22, 2007

    with all that B M shri used to get teased by cotemporaries for translation works…. avara ivala udupu avalige haaki nodabayasidhe is a popular line justifying teasers 🙂

    Wonderful post prashanth


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    bachodi - March 22, 2007

    “Lead kindly light” the title sounds familiar. Guess i read it in one my text books. Then it was boring , and now i see its awesome. Good find.

    Do you remember ” home they brought her warrior dead”

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    Srik - March 23, 2007

    Lord Tennyson’s poem you are refering to, bachodi?

    It was an emotional one!! We had that in our text book.

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    Sathiyan S - April 14, 2007

    “Kannada What a wonderful language”
    Very True!

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    nanobbakannadiga - November 10, 2007

    khandithavaaglu..mele heliruva haage…..Karunaalu Baa belake….Lead Kindly Light gintha ..athyadbhuthavaagide…..

    BMSriavru adannu yesht mana muttuvanthe barediddare…..

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