If you are a real Bengali, you just cannot afford to miss this beautifully composed “Bong Song”

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The Bong Song
The Bong Song

Stereotypes have always been associated with Bengalis. Their love for fish and rice, Rabindranath Tagore and of course, Satyajit Ray are pretty much known by almost everyone, right? Well, playing on these stereotypes and giving a funny twist to them, Somak and Pechon, two Bengali boys, have actually composed ‘The Bong Song’.

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No one can accuse Bengalis of not being able to laugh at themselves. At least, not if the video in this article is anything to go by. Two musicians named Somak and Orchon pay a hilarious homage to the unique lives of Bengalis with The Bong Song, borrowing the tune from the Scottish folk song My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean, which goes like:

My Bonnie lies over the ocean,
my Bonnie lies over the sea,
My Bonnie lies over the ocean,
O bring back my Bonnie to me.

Bring back, bring back, O bring back my Bonnie to me, to me:
Bring back, bring back, O bring back my Bonnie to me.

Merging the melodies of the guitar, ukulele and some other Indian instruments, the pretty, sunny track is very important, a rueful acknowledgement to all the Bengali tropes, including the one that failed at romance.

“I swim in the glory of bygones,
I shout out my socialist pride,
And as I bow down with my black coat and gown
There’s always a rebel inside!”

Only if you know a Bengali, you would definitely also know that they are immensely opinionated. Well, if you actually are a Bengali, you would know exactly how many innumerous options are available to you.

“I live on this side of the Ganges
I stay not so far from the sea
I’ll pay any price, for the fish and the sea
I am a lonely Bengali.”

Ankita Sirker

Dreamer. Believer. Achiever.

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