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Binodini's Asangba Nongjabi (Manipuri in Meitei Mayek)

Description: This Manipuri Learning Module is a group of interlinked language, linguistics, literature and AV components based on Asangba Nongjabi, a modern Manipuri play by M. K. Binodini Devi. It is designed to be a learning tool for English-speaking, non-Manipuri scholars and students to learn Manipuri, while gaining insight into Manipuri culture and society with a classic of modern Manipuri literature. It is an initiative of Imasi: The Maharaj Kumari Binodini Devi Foundation of Manipur.
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Date: unknown
Creator: Binodini, 1922-2011 & Roy, L. Somi
Partner: UNT College of Information

Dismantling the Master's House

Description: Transcript of speech on India's Feminist Writing and Binodini giving at the 2nd M. K. Binodini Devi Memorial Lecture in Imphal, Manipur, India on February 6, 2014
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Date: February 6, 2014
Creator: Butalia, Urvashi
Partner: UNT College of Information

A Short Historical Note on the House of Narasingh

Description: The House of Narasingh belongs to the Ningthouja Dynasty that has ruled Manipur continuously since its establishment in the 1st century AD according to its Court Chronicle, to the present day. Both the House of Narasingh and the House of Karta descend from Maharaja Garib Niwaz (1709-1748), also known as Pamheiba) and under whose rule Manipur adopted Vaishnavism and became a Hindu kingdom.
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Date: 2017
Creator: Raj Kumar Somorjit
Partner: UNT College of Information

Microcredit, Women, and Empowerment: Evidence From India

Description: Microfinance programs, by providing financial services to economically disadvantaged individuals, generally women, are intended to help poor self-employ and become financially independent. Earlier research in India has documented both positive and negative consequences of microfinance programs on women, from financial independence to domestic abuse. However, most of the research has been geographically limited to the southern states of the country, with a matured microfinance industry, and has given little attention to how variations in cultural practices across different regions of the country may influence the impact of microfinance programs on its members. To fill the gap in the existing literature, three related studies of Indian women were conducted. The first study was a qualitative study of 35 women engaged in microfinance programs in the northern region of India. The study found that women engaged in microfinance programs reported having increased social networks, higher confidence and increased social awareness. The second and third studies used nationally representative data from the National Family Health Survey (NFHS-3) 2005-2006. Controlling for a variety of other individual-level and community-level characteristics, the second study examined if getting a microloan affected women’s access to public spaces, and the third examined if getting such a loan influenced married women’s participation in household decision-making. Both studies further investigated if the microloan effect on these dimensions of women’s empowerment varied by the normative context of woman’s respective communities. The results indicated that, all else equal, women who had ever taken a microloan were more likely to go alone to places outside their home such as market, health clinics and places outside the community compared to women who had never taken such a loan. Getting a microloan also had a positive effect on women’s participation in decisions about large household purchases and husband’s earnings. The hypothesized moderating effect of the normative ...
Date: December 2014
Creator: Singh, Swati
Partner: UNT Libraries

Elections in Kashmir

Description: The United States had urged the holding of free and fair elections to be followed by renewed dialogue between India and Pakistan to resolve their long-running dispute. India has made clear that it will not engage such dialogue until Islamabad has put an end to cross-border infiltration of Islamic militants into Indian-held Kashmir. Following the elections, New Delhi announced a major troop redeployment after a tense ten-month standoff at the India-Pakistan frontier. Militant separatist groups in both Pakistan and Kashmir have stated that the ground realities are unchanged and so their violent campaign will continue. In apparent confirmation of these statements, numerous coordinated attacks in November 2002 killed dozens.
Date: December 5, 2002
Creator: Kronstadt, K. Alan
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Asangba Nongjabi

Description: This version of the Asangba Nongjabi (Crimson Rainclouds) is in Manipuri using the Roman script.
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Date: 2017
Creator: Binodini, 1922-2011
Partner: UNT College of Information

House of Narasingh Genealogy Tree

Description: The House of Narasingh Genealogy Tree is a component of The Jalakeli Project, a web-based, women’s oral histories initiative in Manipur, India. As only women of the House of Narasingh are admitted into the two choirs of the Shree Shree Govinda Jiu Jalakeli Pala, the House of Narasingh Genealogy Tree is designed to help the Pala members keep track of familial relations in the lineage of the king. It seeks to preserve their oral genealogical information as data.
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Date: unknown
Creator: The Jalakeli Project
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Cinema Across Cultures

Description: Transcript of Samik Bandyopadhyaya's Lecture on Indian Regional Cinema and Binodini at the 1st M. K. Binodini Devi Memorial Lecture in Imphal, Manipur, India.
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Date: February 6, 2013
Creator: Bandyopadhyay, Samik
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Transliteration and the Making of a Romanization System

Description: The transliteration of Asangba Nongjabi is basically phonetic. The Romanization system that emerges from it is primarily meant to be a guide to the transliteration of the play in the Manipuri Learning Module. The Roman transliteration of Asangba Nongjabi is the core of the Manipuri Learning Module for students of linguistics, language, and literature. The module includes the play in its original Manipuri in both Bangla and Meitei Mayek scripts, its English translation, and an audio performance of the play.
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Date: August 6, 2017
Creator: Roy, L. Somi
Partner: UNT College of Information

Lyrics of the Choir of the Royal Daughters

Description: The Jalakeli of the Ningol Pala, the Choir of the Royal Daughters, comprises of 6 compositions. Their lyrics are published here in the order in which they are sung. They date to the 19th century royal court of Manipur; the sixth is from the first part of the 20th century. The first four lyrics are called padavali, songs of praise to Lord Krishna and his consort the Lady Radha. They were composed during the reign of Maharaja Narasingh (regent 1834-1844; r.1844-1850) but gathered in a collection during the reign of his nephew Maharaja Chandrakirti (1834-44; 1850-1886). The first lyric is attributed to Ghanashyamara Das, and the second to Basu Ghosh; the fourth is by Kabi Karnapur. All were Bhakti poets of Bengali origin. The lyricist of the third padavali is unknown. All four are in Bangla, the language of worship and ritual in Manipur of the time. The fifth and sixth lyrics are called rachna, a lyrical form response of appreciation upon listenging to the Jalakeli. The fifth lyric (and the first rachna) also in Bangla, is attributed to Maharaja Narasingh himself and is in Sanskrit. It is reputed to have been composed upon the funeral services of his guru, Dhamandi. The sixth lyric (and the second rachna) was written, also in Bangla, during the reign of Maharaja Churachand (1891-1941), the great grandson of Maharaja Narasingh, and is attributed to the monarch himself. The last two lines fof this sixth lyric were added by Maharaja Bodhchandra (1941-1949), the son of Maharaja Churachand, and, who being a poet himself, is thought to have been the composer. Nothing is known of the music composers. Attribution to the reigning monarch was enough. The music form is nat sankirtan, the classical music of Manipur that includes dance and movement.
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Date: 2017
Partner: UNT College of Information

Meitei Mayek Primer

Description: Primer for Meitei Mayek for teaching in Kindergarten and Class 1, Board of Secondary Education, Manipur. By L. Basanta Kumar Meitei, Prime Publication.
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Date: unknown
Creator: Kumar, L. Basanta
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The Jalakeli Project: Women's Oral Histories: On the House of Ngangbam

Description: Sundari Ngangbam, a member of the Choir of the Royal Daughters, reminisces about her father, singer Ngangbam Nimai, Manipur's first recording artist, and her family, the House of Ngangbam to which Maharani Dhanamanjuri Devi belonged.
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Date: October 4, 2017
Creator: Roy, L. Somi
Partner: UNT College of Information

The Jalakeli Project: Women's Oral Histories: Mohinisana "The Whistler" Ningthemcha on Family, Marriage and Performance

Description: Mohinisana Ningthemcha Elangbam Ongbi, renowned in her day as "The Whistler" talks about social values and their impact on marriage and performance. On growing up in a traditional elite family, restrictions on socialising, her arranged marriage, rules of exogamy, worship, and interaction with the royal court.
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Date: October 3, 2017
Creator: Roy, L. Somi
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The Jalakeli Project: Women and Education, and the Role of the House of Narasingh

Description: An interview with Thoidingjam Lakshmipriya Devi and Huidrom Anuradha Devi. daughters of Maharaj Kumari Angousana Devi, of the Shree Shree Govinda Jiu Jalakeli Pala of Manipur. On getting their education, the establishment of Dhanamanjuri University in Manipur by their grandmother Maharani Dhanamanjuri Devi; their education and teachers at Tamphasana Girls High School founded by their aunt Maharaj Kumari Tamphasana Devi; and the founding of Tombisana Boys High School by their second aunt Maharaj Kumari Tombisana Devi.
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Date: 2017
Creator: Rajkumar, Rajeev
Partner: UNT College of Information