Mallika Sengupta

(27 March 1960 - 28 May 2011 / Nadia, West Bengal / India)

Khanaa's Song - Poem by Mallika Sengupta

Listen o listen:
Hark this tale of Khanaa
In Bengal in the Middle Ages
Lived a woman Khanaa, I sing her life
The first Bengali woman poet

Her tongue they severed with a knife
Her speechless voice, ‘Khanar Bachan'
Still resonates in the hills and skies
Only the poet by the name of Khanaa
Bleeding she dies.


[Translated by Amitabha Mukherjee]

Not: Khanaa (Bengali: ???) was an Indian poetess and legendary astrologist, who composed in medieval Bengali between the ninth and 12th centuries AD.


Comments about Khanaa's Song by Mallika Sengupta

  • Ramesh Rai (10/2/2014 7:26:00 AM)


    Thanks for sharing such unknown fact and a great tribute to the medieval bengali poetess. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, March 19, 2012

Poem Edited: Monday, March 19, 2012


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