September on Jessore Road, sung by Allen Ginsberg

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~story by Mikey Leung~

Poet Allen Ginsberg was an American activist who penned many criticisms of his country’s military decisions, especially the Vietnam War. During his travels in India he spent a period in Kolkata during the time of the Bangladesh’s Liberation War and later wrote a poem describing the intense misery of refugees that he personally witnessed on a visit to the camps. Several million fled for Kolkata during the Liberation War. While the poem’s cadence strikes as little more than a nursery rhyme, its imagery still has intended effect of inducing nausea and sadness. This probably what Ginsberg wanted, although what is lesser known is that he had planned to make the poem a song.

Plus a Bengali interpretation of the poem sung by Moushimi Boumik:

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6 Responses to “September on Jessore Road, sung by Allen Ginsberg”

  1. asadmithu 18 April 2012 at 1:37 pm #

    This Historic song represents us, represent our Liberation war, and the real situation which happened on that very crucial time in the history of Bangladesh.
    This is very touchable and remarkable song for all Bangladeshis to know about his country. To know about the Liberation war on 1971.

  2. Tasnim Shawon 5 February 2012 at 9:07 pm #

    This a short epic embodiment of the cruelties and savagery of the Pakistani soldiers in Bangladesh.The credit goes to one and only Ginsberg for his outstanding depiction of the horrified state.I salute this great poet for his scintillating contribution.
    Written-14-16 November, 1971, Jessore, Bangladesh

    Poet: Allen Ginsberg
    Poem: September On Jessore Road
    Volume: The Fall of America
    Year: Published/Written in 1971

  3. Green 25 November 2011 at 10:36 am #

    I expected the poem “September in Jessore Road” would be available here. Anyway, I got some nice ideas from this webPage. And the Bangla version of the song is touchy.

  4. Akash 29 March 2011 at 5:05 pm #

    I like it & thank this website for storing the song for allll…..

  5. Shaheen 13 October 2009 at 9:20 pm #

    I am interested to know more about the background of the poem e.g. Allen Ginsbergs visit to the refugee camp, when and where the poem was first published, impact of the poem. Does any one know who translated the poem that wsa sung by Mousumi Bhoumik? Does anyone know about any article on the poem?


  6. Kawsar 27 December 2008 at 5:00 am #

    Our people are hungry for a new, young, educated, able, efficient, patriotic leadership who can lead us in this current day modern world! In the current scenario it doesn’t look like we are getting one in-spite of the recent ensuing election! Honestly we don’t trust and want either of them! Both of them should have given space for a new leader! We need a CHANGE! I guess the conscious silent majority should be more pro-active and vocal to be heard, listened and followed for! So that the dream of all who sacrificed their life for the independence of this country comes to be true! We are ‘Waiting for Godot! Lets see how it goes……

  7. Kawsar 27 December 2008 at 2:54 am #

    I am impressed that you included the Bangla version of the song sang by Moushumi Bhowmik, otherwise I was going to mention it!
    There were also benefit concerts -The Concert for Bangladesh- organized by George Harrison and Ravi Shankar at Madison Square Garden, New York City in August 1971, also performed by Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Billy Preston, Leon Russell, and Ringo Starr (later an album and a concert film were released). which also documents the sufferings and violence of the death of three million innocent civilians due to this atrocities and
    genocide committed by the Pakistani Army against common ‘East Pakistani’ people(now Bangladeshi) leading to Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971 and independence of Bangladesh!
    Interestingly US Government supported Pakistan in this war and genocide!
    We are yet to achieve all our dreams of what this independence really meant for! Freedom from poverty, corruption, violence and to build a progressive, prosperous, peaceful Bangladesh! Our people are ready for that but we are badly in need a right leader!

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