Do you know Matt Harding ?
Well, apparently you should.
Matt Harding is a big ‘star’ on Youtube, thanks to the spread of his viral videos, which shows him doing a short, weird, jiggly dance routine in various places around the globe – from Mumbai to Timbuktu. He has three of them so far with the latest being released just last month (you can find links at his website).
Anyhow, I did not know about this 15-minuter either till a few days ago when I read this New York Times article. I still wasn’t about to bother youtubing this, but what really caught my attention was this bit:
The music (by Gary Schyman, a friend of Mr. Harding’s, and set to a poem by Rabindranath Tagore, sung in Bengali by Palbasha Siddique, a 17-year-old native of Bangladesh now living in Minneapolis) is both catchy and haunting.
So of course I had to watch the video:
(You can also watch it in high quality here.)
The song is indeed catchy and haunting. However, the words a bit unclear and I couldn’t really place my fingers on the Tagore poem: help is appreciated from anyone with encyclopaedic knowledge of Tagore (I know someone who has this, but he is probably roaming around somewhere in the state of Indiana and I seriously doubt if he even knows how to open a Youtube video).
Apart from the song and dance routine, some people will really appreciate how this guy gave up a job to travel around the world. The list of places he has been is incredible to say the least.
(There is a bit more about this video at Sepia Mutiny, including the English translation of the poem, and a bit more about the singer)