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Transcription: Performance of a drama titled 'gharphū̃kan patōh'

Description: The transcription and free translations in English, Urdu, and Hindi of a performance of a drama by the title – Gharphū̃kan patōh 'Spendthrift daughter-in-law' (in English). The drama depicts a typical rural life of the North Indian plains where a woman and her family are very frustrated by the misdeeds of the daughter-in-law because she is a spendthrift.
Date: unknown
Creator: Shaikh, Maaz
Partner: UNT College of Information

Conversation with farmworkers at the paddy field

Description: This is a short video recording of a conversation at Aquil Ahmad's paddy field back in 2016, where the researcher, along with the farm laborers, is transplanting rice saplings. Aquil Ahmad records the activity, and in the meanwhile, one of the workers notices him and tells him to look at what his grandson is doing. Aquil replied to let him do and learn! Then he asks her whether those yellow turned saplings would also take roots.
Date: July 16, 2016
Duration: 55 seconds
Creator: Ahmad, Aquil
Partner: UNT College of Information

Personal narrative of Mateenuddin Shaikh

Description: This is a personal narrative of the life of the speaker Mateenuddin Shaikh. He narrates his childhood incidences and the early days of his adulthood when he migrates to Mumbai. Additionally, he gives information about his family members and describes his village Sonwara.
Date: December 28, 2019
Duration: 11 minutes 45 seconds
Creator: Shaikh, Maaz
Partner: UNT College of Information

Conversation while cleaning fishes

Description: This is a recording of a conversation while cleaning fishes. There was some conversation between women who were cleaning fishes. In order to get natural data, Maaz goes near to them, sits, and starts recording without alerting them. Suddenly as few seconds pass, one of them alerts, and everyone takes a surprise! But a few moments later, they become comfortable with it. They then start imitating and mocking the far northern variety of Azamgarhi spoken in Dewārā, the flood plain area of the Ghagh… more
Date: January 28, 2020
Duration: 5 minutes 24 seconds
Creator: Shaikh, Maaz
Partner: UNT College of Information

Discussion of irrigation systems (in Urdu)

Description: This is a discussion on the popular irrigation systems used in Azamgarh and nearby areas of Purvanchal, Uttar Pradesh state, before the invention of tube wells. This discussion briefly also extends to farming systems and agricultural tools. This discussion was primarily between the researcher and two residents of southern Azamgarh who were distant relatives to the researcher. It took place almost entirely in Urdu, whereas some background noises can be frequently heard in Azamgarhi.
Date: January 28, 2020
Duration: 43 minutes 41 seconds
Creator: Shaikh, Maaz
Partner: UNT College of Information

Performance of the folksong 'Dulahē tērī ãkhiā̃' 'O bridegroom, your eyes'

Description: This is a performance of a traditional song by the title ‘Dulahē tērī ãkhiā̃’ (Eng. O bridegroom, your eyes) sung on the occasion of marriage. It praises the beauty of the bridegroom and his costume. Such songs are of great significance to the community; however, until recently, their popularity and importance have started dwindling because of the penetration of urban culture into rural society.
Date: January 29, 2020
Duration: 2 minutes 27 seconds
Creator: Shaikh, Maaz
Partner: UNT College of Information

Performance of the folksong Dulahē kī ammā ‘O the bridegroom’s mother’

Description: This is a performance of a traditional song by the title ‘Dulahē kī ammā’ (Eng. O the mother of the bridegroom). In this song, the bridegroom’s mother is asked to bless her son on this auspicious marriage occasion. Such folksongs are of great significance to the community; however, until recently, their popularity and importance have started dwindling because of the penetration of urban culture into rural society. This folksong is in the Eastern dialect of Urdu.
Date: January 29, 2020
Duration: 2 minutes 17 seconds
Creator: Shaikh, Maaz
Partner: UNT College of Information

Story of Master Sahib

Description: This is a story of a teacher who once — while teaching his students — says, “I have made you human from donkey by beating, but you don’t understand.” A washerman who had no children passes by and hears this. He then approaches the teacher and pleads with him to turn a donkey into a son for his sake. The teacher agrees to this and asked him to return after six months. The washerman returns after six months and asks for his son. The teacher replies that he taught and trained him so much that he b… more
Date: January 31, 2020
Duration: 2 minutes 11 seconds
Creator: Shaikh, Maaz
Partner: UNT College of Information

Conversation in Mande village of Azamgarh

Description: This is a conversation between four-five people. Maaz — accompanied by his father — visits his (late) paternal grandmother’s ancestral home in Mande village. His father and his grandmother’s sister-in-law have a conversation which was joined by her relatives too. Maaz finds the conversation quite interesting and decides to record it. It ranges from a discussion on the modern age and its issues on family members, religion, current issues, politics, etc.
Date: January 31, 2020
Duration: 13 minutes 56 seconds
Creator: Shaikh, Maaz
Partner: UNT College of Information

Story of winters and springs

Description: This is a story of a king who has seven children and once tells one of his children to bring a few things from the market. He instead brings a book that makes the king angry, and he evicts him. The son leaves the palace, goes to another village, and begins to stay there. He takes up a challenge and wins. The king gets pleased and marries his daughter with him. The prince then returns to his father’s kingdom, and the story continues. The story is recited by Asiya Khatoon, who is a Bhojpuri speak… more
Date: February 1, 2020
Duration: 13 minutes 05 seconds
Creator: Shaikh, Maaz
Partner: UNT College of Information

Story of a prince and his stepmother

Description: This is a story about a prince whose mother died and his stepmother would never like him. The story describes how she troubles him and never gives him good food to eat, but he was lucky enough to have the blessings of a miraculous cow and feed on her milk. Later on, when his stepmother realized this, she ordered that all cows be slaughtered. Still, the prince escapes along with the cow to a different country where he grows up in a healthy environment. After quite a few years, he returns to his … more
Date: February 1, 2020
Duration: 6 minutes 29 seconds
Creator: Shaikh, Maaz
Partner: UNT College of Information

Reading and interpretation of Urdu article Khōkhlā vajūd 'Hollow existence' into Azamgarhi

Description: This is a reading and simultaneous interpretation of an Urdu article Khōkhlā vajūd 'Hollow existence', which appeared in the Urdu daily newspaper 'The Inquilab' dated 26th of December 2019. The article was read by Naazli at her residence, and her cousin Faiza Khan simultaneously interpreted it into Azamgarhi. This was done at the request of Maaz, and the article was suggested to him by his grandfather.
Date: February 3, 2020
Duration: 5 minutes 33 seconds
Creator: Shaikh, Maaz
Partner: UNT College of Information

Conversation on the phone

Description: This is an audio recording of Wali, 16 year old boy, having a conversation with his friend on a mobile phone. He appears to be quite upset about an event at his one friend’s house during birthday celebrations. He narrates to his friend, on phone, the heated exchange of words between him and some other friend. The swear words are bleeped.
Date: February 3, 2020
Duration: 3 minutes 22 seconds
Creator: Shaikh, Maaz
Partner: UNT College of Information

Story of Rājā Guguliyā

Description: This is a story about a prince whose maternal uncles killed his father. Once — when young — he asks his mother about his father. She replies that he was murdered by his uncle. From that day onwards, he decides to take revenge for his father’s death. His uncles wanted to kill the prince too — the way they killed his father. This story describes how the prince takes revenge. This story is in the western variety of the Southern dialect of Azamgarhi. succeeds in finding Sheherbano. This story is to… more
Date: February 10, 2020
Duration: 5 minutes 57 seconds
Creator: Shaikh, Maaz
Partner: UNT College of Information

Story of a princess and her stepmother

Description: This is a story about a princess whose mother died and her father remarries. The stepmother gives birth to a daughter, and the princess and her stepsister spend their childhood in a friendly way. As time passes, the stepmother and daughter develop jealousy and animosity towards the princess and adopt every possible technique to trouble her. Even after suffering so much, the good fate of the princess always takes care of her. All inflicted hardship by the stepmother bounces back to her daughter.… more
Date: February 10, 2020
Duration: 5 minutes 41 seconds
Creator: Shaikh, Maaz
Partner: UNT College of Information

Story of hen and python

Description: This is a story about a hen and python who were very good friends. Once, seeing the hen being quite healthy, the python’s intentions went awry. He asked the hen to go inside her stomach once and check what’s there, and then he would do the same. The hen replied, okay, and the python goes inside and finds 8-10 eggs. His intentions very nefarious at once, and he asks the hen to do the same. The poor hen does so, and the cunning snake does not open his mouth to let her out.
Date: February 10, 2020
Duration: 1 minute 20 seconds
Creator: Shaikh, Maaz
Partner: UNT College of Information

Conversation at an agricultural farm

Description: This is a video recording of a conversation between Aquil Ahmad and two women farm laborers who can be seen braiding the stalks of paddy in someone's farms while others are heaping the stalks in the background. The conversation starts with Mr. Aquil discussing a laborer who had ditched him. Then he talks about the current year's weather condition and the farm produce.
Date: November 26, 2020
Duration: 5 minutes 42 seconds
Creator: Shaikh, Maaz
Partner: UNT College of Information

Conversation at Aquil Ahmad’s agricultural farm

Description: This is a video recording of a conversation of Aquil Ahmad at his farm with the farm laborers and when visiting his farms. The conversation starts with Mr. Aquil introducing and enumerating the benefits of technology in agriculture, such as the ‘Superseeder’ machine that plows the stubble left after harvesting and sows the seeds. Then he directs his workers on how to scatter the seeds and fertilizer. After that, Mr. Musafir arrives, and Mr. Aquil discusses the various farm produce in recent yea… more
Date: December 2, 2020
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes 05 seconds
Creator: Shaikh, Maaz
Partner: UNT College of Information
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