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The discussion about veena ( A class of stringed instruments from India) reminded me of this old translation of mine.

The beauty of Samskrta subhashitas touches every aspect of life!

वंशभवो गुणवानपि सङ्गविशेषेण पूज्यते पुरुषः।
नहि तुंबीफलविकलो वीणादंडः प्रयाति महिमानम्।।
Here is my translation of the same #Subhashita in #Kannada

ಮನೆತನ ಒಳ್ಳೇದಿದ್ರೇ ಸಾಲ್ದು
ನಡತೇ ಚೆನ್ನಾಗಿದ್ರೇ ಸಾಲ್ದು
ಮನ್ನಣೆ ಸಿಗ್ಬೇಕಿದ್ದರೆ ನಿನಗೆ
ಒಳ್ಳೇ ಗೆಳೆತನ ಬೇಕಲ್ಲ ;

ಒಳ್ಳೇ ಬಿದ್ರಲ್ ಮಾಡಿದ್ರೂನೂ
ಚೆನ್ನಾಗ್ ತಂತೀ ಕಟ್ಟಿದ್ರೂನೂ
ಸೋರೇ ಬುರುಡೇ ಇಲ್ಲದೆ ವೀಣೆ
ಇಂಪಾಗ್ ಸರಿಗಮ ನುಡಿಯೋಲ್ಲ!

#ಚೌಪದಿ #4matra
It isn't enough if you come from a great family
It isn't enough if you have good qualities
If you want to be noticed, you need the right company.
Whether it has a good bamboo
Even with well-tied strings
A veena doesn't sound good without the gourd

My 'pale' English version
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