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Sandhya: Or, Songs of Twilight By Dhan Gopal Mukerji, II

Sandhya: Or, Songs of Twilight by Dhan Gopal Mukerji, II

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Sandhya: Or, Songs of Twilight by Dhan Gopal Mukerji, II

Sandhya, or Songs of Twilight (1917) is a poetry collection by Dhan Gopal Mukerji. Published while Mukerji was a young student in California, Sandhya, or Songs of Twilight is the second collection of poems from the first Indian writer to gain a popular audience in the United States. Lyrical and romantic, Mukerji's poems capture his commitment to beauty while maintaining his sense of isolation and exile as a young man living far from home. In Symbolism, the collection's opening poem, Mukerji is a poet in search of a song: Tongueless the bell! / Lute without a song! / It is not night / It is God's dawn, / Silence its unending song. Desperate for the beauty and truth of the world outside pain's window, he finds Faith's candle lit, lighting Eternity's scroll for the soul to read at last. Lyrically gifted and profoundly mysterious, Mukerji presents his creative process as a struggle with human emotions. Later, he grounds his feeling in the country he left behind: O, frail, faint call which I seek to echo! / O, breath of love laden with the aroma of my soul! / Why seek I ever without, O guest at my door? In After a Bengali Song, he provides a powerful image of isolation and longing from a heart that remains without for as long as his exile continues. Although he never returned to his native country, Mukerji left an inspiring legacy through his literary achievement and unwavering commitment to Indian independence. With a beautifully designed cover and professionally typeset manuscript, this edition of Dhan Gopal Mukerji's Sandhya, or Songs of Twilight is a classic of Indian American literature reimagined for modern readers.

About Dhan Gopal Mukerji, II

Dhan Gopal Mukerji (1890-1936) was an Indian American writer. Born near Calcutta, Mukerji was the son of a former lawyer who devoted himself to music and prayer. A member of the Brahmin caste, Mukerji spent a year living an ascetic lifestyle before enrolling at the University of Calcutta, where he joined a group of Bengali revolutionaries with his older brother Jadugopal. In 1910, Mukerji was sent to Japan to study industrial engineering, which he soon abandoned to emigrate to the United States. Settling in San Francisco, he joined the local bohemian community of anarchists and artists while studying at the University of California at Berkeley and later Stanford. In his time in California, he published two books of poems-Sandhya, or Songs of Twilight (1917) and Rajani, or Songs of the Night (1922)-and a musical play, Laila Majnu (1922). Mukerji graduated in 1914 with a degree in English, married artist Ethel Ray Dugan in 1918, and moved to New York City in the early 1920s. There, he embarked on a career as a popular children's book author, finding success with Kari the Elephant (1922) and Gay Neck, The Story of a Pigeon (1927), winning the 1928 Newbery Medal from the American Library Association for the latter. Recognized as the first popular writer of Indian origin in the United States, Mukerji struggled with marginalization and racism and regretted his exile from India late in life. Unable to return because of his youthful commitment to revolutionary politics, he supported the Indian independence movement with money and advocacy from abroad. Ultimately, he ended his life alone in his apartment in New York City.

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