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Agneepath (अग्निपथ) – A poem by Harivansh Rai Bachchan – An English Translation

01 Feb

I was greatly inspired by this wonderful poem and was searching for a good english translation. Finding none, what follows below is my own attempt at translating the poem. If you know of an official translation or one that captures the spirit better, please post it in the comments section. So, Here is the famous poem by Harivansh Rai Bachchan. “It is dedicated to those whose life is a tough struggle all the way, but whose resolve is superhuman.” ~ Rajiv Krishna Saxena

अग्निपथ

वृक्ष हों भले खड़े,
हों घने, हों बड़े,
एक पत्र छाँह भी
मांग मत! मांग मत! मांग मत!
अग्निपथ! अग्निपथ! अग्निपथ!

तू न थकेगा कभी,
तू न थमेगा कभी,
तू न मुड़ेगा कभी,
कर शपथ! कर शपथ! कर शपथ!
अग्निपथ! अग्निपथ! अग्निपथ!

यह महान दृश्य है,
चल रहा मनुष्य है,
अश्रु, स्वेद, रक्त से
लथ-पथ, लथ-पथ, लथ-पथ,
अग्निपथ! अग्निपथ! अग्निपथ!

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Vriksh hon bhale khade,
Hon ghane, hoh bade,
Ek patra chhah bhi
Maang mat! Maang mat! Maang mat!
Agneepath! Agneepath! Agneepath!

Tu na thakega kabhi,
Tu na thamega kabhi,
Tu na mudega kabhi,
Kar shapath! Kar shapath! Kar shapath!
Agneepath! Agneepath! Agneepath!

Yeh mahaan drishya hai,
Chal raha manushya hai
Ashru, swed, rakt se
Lath-path, lath-path, lath-path,
Agneepath! Agneepath! Agneepath!

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Agneepath – English Translation

Even if there are mighty trees all around you,
Let them be shady, let them be huge,
But, even for the shade of a single leaf,
Beg not, beg never, ask never!
The path of fire you shall tread! The path of fire! Yes, That Path of Fire!

You shall never tire,
You shall never slow down,
You shall never turn back,
This oath you will take today!
This oath you will fulfill in your life!
Take this oath!
And walk the Path of Fire, every single day!
The oath of fire! Yes, That Path of Fire!

What greater spectacle,
Than to see such a man walk,
Who in tears, sweat and blood,
Is soaked, covered and coated;
And still walks on in the Path of fire!
Walks the path of fire! Yes, That Path of Fire!

Agneepath (अग्निपथ)

A poem by Harivansh Rai Bachchan, Translated into english by Riku Sayuj.

 

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154 responses to “Agneepath (अग्निपथ) – A poem by Harivansh Rai Bachchan – An English Translation

  1. Tanya Sharma

    May 11, 2013 at 06:16

    this is awesome poem

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  2. Anonymous

    May 11, 2013 at 06:22

    nice poem………………………..

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  3. arun parihar

    May 12, 2013 at 03:42

    this poem encourage us to do anything we want to do in this world

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  4. arun parihar

    May 12, 2013 at 03:43

    this poem really gives me power

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  5. JAGDISH KOLI

    May 25, 2013 at 15:53

    THIS IS MY FAVORATE POEM, I EVER READ

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  6. dinesh singh khetwal

    June 1, 2013 at 09:28

    nice poem

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  7. Anonymous

    June 4, 2013 at 20:10

    Great poem

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  8. madhulika tripatthy

    June 5, 2013 at 09:17

    this is my favoritte poem

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  9. bhumika jhanjhot

    June 13, 2013 at 06:37

    i just love that poem it was fabules awsome maindbloling

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  10. naveen kumar soni

    June 15, 2013 at 11:47

    bade big b ji you were superb………

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  11. Anonymous

    June 20, 2013 at 17:17

    Even if the tree stand,
    Whether dense, whether large,
    Also a letter Chhaँh
    Do not ask! Do not ask! Do not ask!
    Agneepath! Agneepath! Agneepath!

    Do not you ever get tired,
    You are not Thamega ever,
    You are not ever bend,
    Tax Pledge! Tax Pledge! Tax Pledge!
    Agneepath! Agneepath! Agneepath!

    This is a great scene,
    Running Man,
    Tears, sweat, blood
    A pool – paths, a pool – paths, a pool – path;
    Agneepath! Agneepath! Agneepath!

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    • Nikhil S Kshirsagar

      July 16, 2013 at 08:50

      Marvellous! I dont hv any words for this poet writer..

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  12. agni aditya

    June 26, 2013 at 12:20

    It is my favorite poem

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  13. NIZEL MICHEAL

    July 6, 2013 at 10:55

    good poem…………this is my caller tune…………Nizel Micheal

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  14. nidhi johri

    July 20, 2013 at 18:04

    if u want to read something more on this poem please read my review on this poem on shvoong.com and express your views.

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  15. Lakhan parmar

    July 26, 2013 at 06:44

    if you want to change in your life…
    so you should read this type of poet….

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  16. HRUSHIKESH SOLANKE

    July 27, 2013 at 18:00

    I REALLY INSPIRED WITH THIS POEM.

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  17. xyz

    August 18, 2013 at 12:55

    wat is the moral of this poem….can anyone tell????? i need in hindi in 2-3 lines(a brief moral)

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  18. Anonymous

    August 25, 2013 at 10:24

    very good poem.

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  19. americast

    August 28, 2013 at 05:56

    When was Agneepath written?

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    • Anonymous

      February 7, 2014 at 09:51

      TUMKO KYA KARNA HAI DATE JAANKE TUM APNA KAAM KARO AUR JAN NE KA HAI TO JA AMITAB BACHHAN KO JAKE PUCH USKE PAPA NE HI LIKHA HAI

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  20. Anonymous

    September 11, 2013 at 20:17

    I love agnepath poem

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  21. soma

    September 15, 2013 at 15:34

    I have heard this poem quite a few times and like it… but, today, after hearing the recitation in the movie (2012) felt inspired enough to look it up, and stumbled upon your translation…
    I found it poetic, strong and befitting.. especially liked the lines
    “What a greater spectacle
    than to see such a man walk”
    kudos to you for this beautiful translation!!!

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  22. Anonymous

    September 29, 2013 at 15:02

    Nice poem……

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  23. Anonymous

    October 1, 2013 at 05:32

    aghneepath is amazing poem

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  24. Jasmine Raut

    October 23, 2013 at 05:11

    This is superb poem it gives inspiration for our life

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  25. Anonymous

    November 13, 2013 at 10:22

    it can be said in the classroom i’m inspired by this poem

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  26. RAHUL TIWARI

    November 14, 2013 at 09:53

    it give me immense power to acheive anything…

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  27. Ashwin

    November 27, 2013 at 11:08

    What is the context of this poem ? Was it written after India’s independence

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  28. rohini

    December 13, 2013 at 04:07

    so nice poem I like that

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  29. Shivam chhapekar

    December 24, 2013 at 16:16

    Really good.

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  30. Nitesh Kumar

    December 30, 2013 at 16:36

    It’s So Enerjetic Poem…

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  31. induvendra bhaskar

    January 12, 2014 at 19:00

    1st time i read this poem in class 9 or 10 , its my faovrate poem by readed this poem my life got change & i think who read this poem his /her life really get change

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  32. RANJAN AWASTHI

    January 20, 2014 at 17:47

    bindass poem

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  33. kishor kr.

    January 21, 2014 at 01:36

    i like that poem .because it’s inspiring me. very much…!!!

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  34. Hardevsinh Dodia

    January 29, 2014 at 10:21

    This poem inspires one to lead righteous life and to lead and live such life one has to “Walk on Path of Fire”.. Inspirational

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  35. Anonymous

    February 7, 2014 at 09:48

    best lines ever heard in my life !!!!!!! I am proud that it is written by an Indian .I love India !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  36. nandakishorevarma

    February 10, 2014 at 03:12

    Although I am not an avid Hindi reader, I remember studying one poem by Harivansh Rai Bachchan in my Pre-Degree class, and being impressed by it, even though I did not understand half of it! Great translation, Riku.

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  37. Anonymous

    February 26, 2014 at 13:01

    i love this poem n Harivansh jiwas a great poet

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  38. jay sharma

    March 2, 2014 at 04:14

    The best poem for me!!!!

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  39. shivi pharasi

    April 18, 2014 at 09:27

    This peom gives me power to stand-up again.. and to fight with the problems of life..

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  40. Saksham Srivastav

    April 25, 2014 at 04:56

    I love this poem ; and i m big fan of harivansh sir ……….

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  41. vijay borana

    May 6, 2014 at 11:45

    nice poen.. i like it

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  42. Shivu Singh

    May 10, 2014 at 08:29

    I m lving ittt….:)

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  43. cool dood

    May 13, 2014 at 05:00

    wow! im big big big fan of that poem

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  44. utkarshsingh

    May 13, 2014 at 05:05

    wow! im big big big fan of that poem amazing i dont have word to appriciate that’s too too good awasome.

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  45. Sunil sekhar

    May 14, 2014 at 15:16

    Like this

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  46. vijay dinanath chauhan

    May 28, 2014 at 14:48

    i love this song

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  47. Anonymous

    June 5, 2014 at 13:13

    this is best poem

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  48. Anonymous

    June 5, 2014 at 13:32

    These poem is best…….

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  49. Anonymous

    July 17, 2014 at 13:11

    awesome song

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  50. Anonymous

    July 19, 2014 at 08:39

    dis poem gives me a lot 2 understand. . .:)

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