The Trumpet Player Of A Musical Band’s Accompaniments

English Translation of Gajendra Thakur's Maithili Poem

"शामिल बाजाक दुन्दभी वादक"

The Trumpet Player Of A Musical Band’s Accompaniments

Observing the note of a trumpet

Among the crowd of a band

Perceiving the scene of emptiness

Painted on the canvas of nature

Picture of a roaring ocean

Words of characters painted in a dark cave

No one can see the picture in this darkness

At least people can hear voice of my aspiration

Sailing yacht in the sea crossing the waves

Short of time to hear the sound they make

Viewing the musical notes of fluctuating waves

The lilting sea waves are countless

The indefinite sky doesn’t have any end

The oceans, by joining each other

Misapprehend to be endless

On the rotating round earth

An illusion of a gigantic whirl

But man triumphed over

The boundary of sea too

Measured its circumference

Is the illusion of sky limited?

Is there any end to this too?

Accept it endless unless proved

In viewing words

Hearing pictures

Crossing seas

Counting time-period-countries

Left viewing the

Pictures of the dark cave

Left listening to

Roar of the seas

Can see the voice and hear the picture

A strange sage

Joining the crowd of orchestra

Turned into a trumpet player

Of a musical band’s accompaniments

Note – In the street bands in Rajasthan, many musicians do play trumpet in order but at the same time many of them just pretend to play by bringing the trumpet to the mouth. These unskilled members of a band are instructed not to blow the trumpet in any case. Such musicians are addressed as band’s accompaniments.

Gajendra Thakur (b. 1971) is the editor of Maithili ejournal “Videha” that can be viewed at http://www.videha.co.in/ . His poem, story, novel, research articles, epic – all in Maithili language are lying scattered and is in print in single volume by the title “KurukShetram.” He can be reached at his email: ggajendra@airtelmail.in

Jyoti Jha Chaudhary, Date of Birth: December 30 1978,Place of Birth- Belhvar (Madhubani District), Education: Swami Vivekananda Middle School, Tisco Sakchi Girls High School, Mrs KMPM Inter College, IGNOU, ICWAI (COST ACCOUNTANCY); Residence- LONDON, UK; Father- Sh. Shubhankar Jha, Jamshedpur; Mother- Smt. Sudha Jha- Shivipatti. Jyoti received editor's choice award from www.poetry.com and her poems were featured in front page of www.poetrysoup.com for some period.She learnt Mithila Painting under Ms. Shveta Jha, Basera Institute, Jamshedpur and Fine Arts from Toolika, Sakchi, Jamshedpur (India). Her Mithila Paintings have been displayed by Ealing Art Group at Ealing Broadway, London.

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