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More unknown Bong heros – Kanai Hori Sen

In a post from the past (see here), I had occasion to sing the praises of the Brothers Das.

In this post, I have finally been able to track down the Mahakavya that celebrates the undying exploits of the great Shree Shree Kana Hori Sen.

For those who are net savvy, here‘s the link. For the rest, I have reproduced below the anonymous modern day Gurudeb who has rendered Kanai Hori immortal. (I must thank the person who posted this in his/her blog – if you do ever read my blog, thank you very much. I first read this about twenty years ago, and I am so glad that you have posted this.)

Shealdoh-er bridge-er pashey Potoldanga Lane,
Shei khane te-i baash korto Kanai Hori Sen.
Chotto theke-i Kanai chhilo ak nambor bichchhu;
Onko, bhugol, Rapid Reader porhto na shey kichchhu.
Borho hoye Kanai gelo kortey tickit black –
Pulish-wala dhorlo taake, bollo deke, “Dekh,
Amader ei elaka-te dichchhis tax phnaaki”!
Bollo Kanai, “Dhuttorika! Moger muluk naaki!”
Taar porey-te jaa holo ta shunley pabey kanna –
Kanai regey bollo “Shaala ei desh-ete aar naa!”
Jail hajot-e thekei Kanai phiriey phello get-up,
Bollo “Aamar kodor bojhar eikhaane nei set-up”.
Porer din-i bnochka bnedhe, uthey shokal shokal
Dhorlo Kanai Chhawta-r gaari – – – Hollywood-er local!

Naamer opor korlo Kanai ektu karikuri,
‘Sean Connery’ naam nilo shey palte ‘Kanaihori’.
James Bond er filim kore khullo ki taar’forma’
Shukkhyati taar chhorhiey porhlo Paris theke Burma.
Plane theke ei jhnapaye Kanai, porhlo bujhi maara!
Abaar dekhi submarine-e korchhey kake tarha.
Goorrum goorrum photash-photash, chalaye khelna bonduk!
Chhotash photash haat-taalitey hall knaape ar knaape buk.
Kung-fu, judo, sumo, kanchi – baap re ki taar funda!!
‘Bruce Lee’, ‘Mithun’, ‘Jacky Chan-o’, shobai holo thanda.
Potoldangar chhele tumi, korley jogot maat,
Shabash shabash, jeete raho, kya baat, kya baat.

Choturdike chhawrhalo jokhon prochondo naam-dak,
Bhablo Kanai, chhotto korey line maara jaak.
Jane Fonda-r kachhe giye korlo shedhey dosti.
Golf kheley aar sunbath neye, byapok korey mosti.
Boley Kanai, ‘Fondoo, tomaar byang-er moto gola!
Havoc lagey dekhe tomar mukh bnekiye chawla.
Chul jeno thik sone-papri, iskin jeno silik,
Neel chokh-ete 440 marchhe kemon jhilik !!
Figure ta ki chhilim tomaar, jeno sojne-r dnaata,
Taar oporey porecho jeans !! Dichchhe gaye knaata!”
Emon korey baarh khawano-ey, Fonda holo kaat
Three cheers for Potoldanga! Kya baat, kya baat!

Kanai-er bou Nettokali; baaper barhi ‘Khorda’
Urgent ek e-mail taakey pathalo taar Borh-da.
“Shiggiri aaye, Jamai-babu jachchhe bujhi bokhey.
Ekhon theke din-rattir rakhish chokhey chokhey.”
Nettokali khullo PC, likhlo tokhon mail –
“Haarh-haabaatey! Haramjada! Hoyechhe khub tel!
Phurti lota hochchhe, desh-e nijer istiri phele!
Jhentiye tomaar jharhtaam beesh, haater kaachhey peley!
Ghater mawra, haarh-jalani, shiggiri aaye phirey,
Ghor-bhangani, porha-mukhi petni-take chherhe”.

Bou er kotha-e Sean Connery-r bhishon holo bhoy.
Jane Fonda-o bhablo sheshey heart attack na hoy.
Ghoomer majhey swapno dekhey , edik odik pherey,
Nettokali jhnata niye ashchey bujhi terhey.
Bollo Kanai, “Onek holo, ebar nebo pension
Aar parina bou-er bhoy-e nitti eto tension.
Ebhaabe tei ‘Kanai Hori-r’ bajaar gelo sheshey,
‘Roger Moore’-ke kaj bujhiye phirlo Kanai deshe.

Gul-golpo bhabchho eshob! Bhabcho chhatar matha?
Holof korey bolchhi dada, shotti e shob kotha!

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About thecrestedjay

I am passionate about football, jazz, classic rock, classic movies, crime, science fiction and P G Wodehouse. And also about NBA, western and Indian classical music. Since the wife will also read this blog, I cannot reveal my other passions in public. Have one son who plays the guitar, spent some time as an animator and now works for a digital marketing and advertising company. I also have one (1) wife. I spent a lot of my time on my music and books collection. I also have a passion for travelling but not a great deal of time and money to spend on this. Hopefully, in the future, I'll be able to do so.

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