We Rise

We Rise - Lyrics and Translation

Bengali Lyrics (1) English Translation

There was dazzling light all around me, but I cried in an abyss of despair and darkness
The ray of the sun was never a drop of gold ....to me it was a ball of fire that only burns
Let my identity lie in a corner
I have no more tears to shed though my mind cannot erase the pain that it is carrying

Sanskrit Verse (1) English Translation
Shouted, hit, wounded; they did
Not devoid of hope, did not die, I survived with unflinching belief
I don’t wish to evoke a response or ever to seek revenge
I wish to live, do, create and be happy, always.

Bengali Lyrics (2) English Translation
Although my mind feels like ashes it aspires to be the shining sun
My eyes dream of being a Phoenix Bird

Sanskrit 2 Verse English Translation
Who is she, the mirror asks, one who tolerates unceasingly and does not speak?
I say she is one who smiles, expresses, evolves, and shines
She is self-reliant, self-ruled, and endowed with self-sufficiency
She is a creation of nature in having known self is the one who is the creator of nature

Bengali Lyrics 3 English Translation
I wish to travel toward the light-filled skies
Rise Phoenix Bird, we will not lose in this battle (i.e. we will rise through our struggles and not give in).

  • Sugata Guha
  • Neha Krishanakumar
  • Somdatta Pal
    Name of Band or Artist
  • Prattyush Banerjee
    Music DIrector
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    We Rise
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Modern, Inspirational, Social Cause
  • Length:
    4 minutes 20 seconds
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Language:
    Bengali, Sanskrit
  • Student Project:
Artist Biography

Born in Kolkata (India) and raised in Ahmedabad, Gujarat (India), Somdatta started learning music from her father, Late Jati Shankar Chakraborty who inspired her to take up music. In addition to music at home, Somdatta also started learning Bharatnatyam, the Indian classical dance form at the age of 4 from Mrinalini and Mallika Sarabhai at the Darpana Academy, Ahmedabad and is a trained Bharatnatyam dancer herself.

Amongst Somdatta’s major influences were the renditions of the legendary Debabrata Biswas (paternal Grandfather) , one of the finest exponents of RabindraSangeet (Music of Rabindranath Tagore). His memories and expressions came alive through Somdatta’s father, whose music lessons on Tagore focused on rendering songs with expression and emotion. Somdatta’s passion for singing Tagore is her gateway to keeping her father’s teachings alive.

An accomplished musician, Somdatta has won several awards in Gujarat in the field of Bharatnatyam as well as music. She has performed in Doordarshan(Ahmedabad) and All India Radio Ahmedabad and has been a part of UNDP projects for women. Somdatta has also performed with International artists at the Natarani Theatre(Ahmedabad) giving her a wide exposure to other genres of music.

Somdatta released “Uttarshuri" in 2004 from Sound Wing studios (Kolkata) and "Reflections" in 2009 from Cozmik Harmony, both Rabindrasangeet albums. Somdatta’s most recent Tagore album “UTSARGA” is an attempt to blend an elegantly crafted musical arrangement by Prattyush Banerjee with her soulful rendition of selected compositions of this great Bard of Bengal. In addition to these albums, Somdatta has performed extensively in the United States in Boston, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. She has performed at the North American Bengali conference held at the Madison Square Garden, New York (2005) and Long Beach, California (2003) as well.

Some of other Somdatta's notable performances include her performance in Dec 2015 at the Vancouver Tagore Society in Canada. She also produced 'Daivi' (Music of Tagore) which was showcased in New York City with Jazz pianist "Anil Veeraraj' at the first South Asian International Performing Arts Festival (SAIPAF) held in Aug 2015. In addition to the above, Somdatta also curated Sea Thy Melody, the musical work of Rabindranath Tagore at the Princeton University sponsored by the the University's Hindu Life Program. performing with Internationally acclaimed Jazz Pianist 'Eli Yamin' on May 2015.

Her international sojourn continued with very well received performances at the Nehru Center in London and the Tagore Center in Berlin in 2015 as part of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations. As part of Somdatta's mission to spread the music of Tagore throughout the world in 2016, Somdatta performed during the month of May at Berlin and Budapest. Somdatta's next curation, the "Sea Thy Melody" Ensemble performed Tagore's music at the Arts Council in Princeton in 2016, was a very well received and praised event involving Jazz & Blues pianist Eli Yamin, Sarod maestro Soumya Chakraverty and percussionist Richard Robinson.

One of her recent Tagore curations was the very unique event titled Sangam in 2019 that brought together the music of Tagore and Gospel coupled with Urdu Poetry for a spiritual confluence of 3 styles performed to a packed audience at Princeton University's Taplin Hall. Also gracing this event with his heartfelt performance was Grammy nominated flutist Ron Korb. As a global musician, she has performed in Budapest, Berlin, The Hague, London , Kolkata and Ahmedabad carrying her productions worldwide. She has collaborated with artists like Trineice Robinson, Eli Yamin, Ron Korb, Anil Veeraraj, Tom Teasley and Kane Mathis.

Her next endeavor ‘Mazi’ is a collection of songs from various languages around the world that helps her delve into a time these songs were sung. Her first single release as part of the album Mazi is ‘Moj Dilbere’, a Bosnian Sevdah song that explores the melancholy of unrequited love or sorrows of loss of love. Somdatta continues to explore unique global expressions of music and uncharted territories with her world music album: "Mazi". Somdatta is currently pursuing her master’s in Dance Movement Therapy at Rider University in the US and was declared the Andrew J. Rider Scholar for 2021-2022 and continues her interdisciplinary pursuit of the arts.

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Artist Statement

‘We Rise’ is a production themed on domestic violence and was recently released on Oct 1 at the onset of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The production vocalizes feelings associated with the incident of domestic violence as well as depicts the resilience exuded by the victim. This musical track has been conceptualized, sung, and choreographed by Somdatta.

The music and song is composed by Sarod Maestro Prattyush Banerjee. The song comprises original lyrics in the languages of Sanskrit and Bangla. The Bangla lyrics have been penned by Sugata Guha and the Sanskrit lyrics have been penned by Neha Krishana Kumar.

Project background and motivation

This project is a call to our collective consciousness to rise up against this evil of Domestic Violence and Inspire women the world over.