Chandan Das

MUSIC IN SEARCH OF  A SONG

When I move
I create the past:
Leaves in the summer wind
Or a bird calling somewhere
From far, far away across the sun-browned meadows,
Calling for things and seasons to come
And closing and opening, opening and closing
The old destinies of worlds foretold
Shaped and preserved by ashes and streams.

But how long can one hold the hills close to his heart
Or laugh like a child in the face of the impassive sea?
Crumbs of time stolen from eternity’s high table
Constitute my fortune. Fleeting as her smile,
A woman’s momentary ember
Forges the firmament beneath my feet.

Chandan Das (b 11 th March,1966), a thalassaemia major and cancer patient, is Lecturer in English in Shailabala Women’s College,Cuttack, Odisha (India)..He earned his PhD in Translation Studies from Utkal University in 2008.He won the first prize in The Telegraph’s Vineet Gupta Memorial Competition in Poetry in 1988.His poems, short stories, letters, translations and articles of criticism have appeared in various national and international journals such as Indian Literature and South Asian Review. He has given radio talks on All India Radio as well as BBC, Merseyside. His translation of Fakir Mohan Senapatis iconic Odia novel, Lachhama, was published in 2013,his own life story, The Road Taken ,in 2014,and his translation of Chandrasekhar Raths’ award-winning novel, Asurya Upanibesa (The Sunless Land) in 2015.He has been selected for the award of “Subrat Rath Smaraki Puraskar” by the Gangadhar Rath Foundation, Cuttack, this year for his translations..He is a life member of the Indian Red Cross and has pledged to donate his eyes.

Chandan Das is Lecturer in English in Shailabala Women’s College,Cuttack, Odisha (India). He earned his PhD in Translation Studies in 2008. His poems, short stories, letters, translations and articles of criticism have appeared in
various national and international journals.