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Conversation with Shahida Bano about changing times, language, Sonwārā village, and relatives

Description: This is a conversation between four people in Sonwārā, the researcher’s village. Maaz, accompanied by his cousin Noman, visits Shahida Bano to document some folk songs mostly sung on the occasion of marriages. Rehana Bano—the neighbor of Shahida Bano—on noticing some folksongs being sung and recording taking place, joins the gathering at the request of Shahida. Maaz and Noman then ask her to brief them on topics such as changing times, a description of the demography of the village Sonwārā, the languages/ varieties spoken by Muslims and Hindus. Meanwhile, Maaz—on having noticed Shahida’s language to match with Bhojpuri than Azamgarhi—starts records the ongoing conversation. Shahida then extends the conversation to cover family members and some significant events along with some personal narratives. While Shahida Bano talks in Bhojpuri, the other people converse in Azamgarhi.
Date: January 29, 2020
Duration: 11 minutes 44 seconds
Creator: Shaikh, Maaz
Partner: UNT College of Information

Performance of the folksong Bēṭī 'The daughter' along with discussion

Description: This is a performance of a traditional song titled 'Beṭi' (Eng. The daughter) followed by a discussion on the same. This folksong is sung on the occasion of rukhsatī 'the bride's departure to her husband's home after the marriage'. It describes how differently the bride's blood-related family members—the mother, father, and brother—get strong memories of her absence. In contrast, the non-blood-related sister-in-law doesn't feel her absence at all—instead, she's glad that the bride left. In this, the daughters The folksong is in the Bhojpuri language, the mother tongue of Asiya Khatoon, whereas the discussion is in Urdu and somewhat in Azamgarhi.
Date: February 1, 2020
Duration: 4 minutes 14 seconds
Creator: Shaikh, Maaz
Partner: UNT College of Information

Performance of the folksong Abbā kē nadiā ‘The river of the father’ along with discussion.

Description: This is a performance of a traditional song by the title Abbā kē nadiā (Eng. The river of father) followed by a discussion on the same. This folksong is sung on the occasion of rukhsatī 'the bride's departure to her husband's home after the marriage'. It describes the differences in the emotional attachment that a daughter has with her mother, father, brother, and sister-in-law. The folksong is in the Bhojpuri language, the mother tongue of Asiya Khatoon, whereas the discussion is in Urdu and somewhat in Azamgarhi.
Date: February 1, 2020
Duration: 3 minutes 14 seconds
Creator: Shaikh, Maaz
Partner: UNT College of Information

Conversation with the Naṭ community women in Karmaini village

Description: This is a conversation in Karmainī village, situated in the floodplains of the Ghaghra river in North of Azamgarh, with the women of the Naṭ community. They hail from a nearby village named Nakkīb Khojaulī, and identify themselves as (Sunni) Muslims. Badrun Nisa and Sharfun Nisa start by describing why they’ve come to Karmaini. Mateenuddin, Maaz’s grandfather, asks them to narrate how their community was provided with essential supplies during lockdown due to COVID-19. They do so, after which Sharfun Nisa sings a song on demonetization and the problems faced because of it. They then give information about their village and its demography.
Date: November 12, 2020
Duration: 4 minutes 16 seconds
Creator: Shaikh, Maaz
Partner: UNT College of Information

Monologue on Pardhānī (village head) elections in Rāmpūr and about Rāmpūr village

Description: This is a monologue on the Pardhānī (village head) elections in Rāmpūr in the Bhojpuri language. The elections were approaching closer at the time of recording, and the speaker Mr. Jameel who was the ex-village headman of Rāmpūr was contesting this time too. He speaks on the history of these elections and his contesting of the same. He then moves on to give information on Rampur village, its demography, and nearby villages.
Date: November 22, 2020
Duration: 4 minutes 48 seconds
Creator: Shaikh, Maaz
Partner: UNT College of Information

Conversation on the demands in the upcoming Pardhānī (village head) election in Rāmpūr

Description: This is a conversation where Mr. Satsri Mangal, a resident of Chaudhrīpūr in Rāmpūr village, places his demands before Mr. Jameel, the former and currently contesting Pardhān (village head) of Rampur. Mr. Jameel listens to his demands, and then Mr. Satsri Mangal narrates some incidents. After that, Mr. Jameel starts a conversation with the village children who were playing cricket a while ago and gathered around the recording place after noticing some recording taking place.
Date: November 22, 2020
Duration: 5 minutes 29 seconds
Creator: Shaikh, Maaz
Partner: UNT College of Information

Conversation on the languages of Rāmpūr village and the nearby Muslim-dominated villages of the region (in Urdu)

Description: This is a conversation primarily with Mr. Jameel, the former and currently contesting Pardhān (village head) of Rāmpūr village. Mr. Jameel explains to Maaz the presence of dichotomy in speech among the population of Azamgarh and the variety spoken in Rāmpūr and other nearby Muslim-dominated villages. In the last part of the recording, Mr. Jameel talks with a villager who passes by.
Date: November 22, 2020
Duration: 3 minutes 35 seconds
Creator: Shaikh, Maaz
Partner: UNT College of Information

Conversation in Ladhuwāī̃ village

Description: This is a conversation initially between Munni, her sister, Maaz, and his uncle when they visit her home in Ladhuwāī̃ village. Munni is the wife of Naushad, who has worked with the Maaz’s family for several decades. After a while, Mr. Naushad arrives, and he too joins the conversation.
Date: January 29, 2020
Duration: 23 minutes 03 seconds
Creator: Shaikh, Maaz
Partner: UNT College of Information

Personal narrative of Mr. Sahngi's son

Description: This is a personal narrative by the son of Sahngi. Sahngi and Mahngi were two brothers who worked on the farms of Sadruddin, Maaz’s great grandfather. Mr. Toofani first introduces Maaz to Mr. Sahngi’s son and his relative and then leaves for work. Mr. Sahngi’s son narrates some incidences of Sadruddin and his contesting of the Pardhānī (village head) elections. He then talks about Maaz’s family members and his relationship with them. After that, he narrates his early adulthood time spent in Delhi, old times in Sonwārā village, and changing times.
Date: November 25, 2020
Duration: 35 minutes 21 seconds
Creator: Shaikh, Maaz
Partner: UNT College of Information

Performance of various folk songs along with discussions on them and some conversations

Description: This is a recording of various folktales which begin with a short conversation. After completing the narration of a story, Mehar Afroz asks Qamar Afroz to stitch a cloth. After which, she asks Asiya Khatoon to sing some folksongs along with her, followed by a discussion on each of them. These kinds of traditional songs are sung on the occasion of girls' marriage, varying from praising the beauty of the beloved daughter to vidāī — the girl's farewell from their parental home. The songs in this recording are in the Eastern dialect of Urdu. The discussions on them and some other conversations take place in a mix of Azamgarhi and Urdu.
Date: February 1, 2020
Duration: 13 minutes
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 village, reuniting with his father.
Date: February 1, 2020
Duration: 6 minutes 29 seconds
Creator: Shaikh, Maaz
Partner: UNT College of Information

Interpretation of an Urdu poem on dowry system

Description: This is a description of an Urdu poem, written by one of the speaker's relatives, on the dowry system prevalent in North India. The poem is in the Urdu language, and the speaker interprets it and explains its meaning and significance in Azamgarhi to the researcher.
Date: February 1, 2020
Duration: 4 minutes 52 seconds
Creator: Shaikh, Maaz
Partner: UNT College of Information

Conversation while sewing clothes

Description: This is a recording of a conversation on ladies’ clothes and design between four women, among whom one was sewing clothes.
Date: January 28, 2020
Duration: 8 minutes 24 seconds
Creator: Shaikh, Maaz
Partner: UNT College of Information

Story of God in the form of guest

Description: This is a story about a man who once dreams that God will come as a guest to his house. He does all the required preparation and was eagerly waiting since morning for Him to come. But instead of God, he finds a beggar at his doors and after some time a refuge seeker both of whom he turns away saying that God is about to come. And finally, a poor woman with her baby knocks on his door seeking help, and he refuses her too. It becomes dark but God doesn’t come. He sleeps and dreams again asking God why he didn’t come. God replies saying that He had visited him thrice.
Date: February 3, 2020
Duration: 1 minute 51 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

Analytical discussion on the drama Gharphū̃kan patōh 'spendthrift daughter-in-law'

Description: This is an analytical discussion — in Urdu — on a drama titled – Gharphū̃kan patōh (Eng. spendthrift daughter-in-law). It depicts a typical rural life of the North Indian plains where a woman and her family are very much sick of the misdeeds of the daughter-in-law because she is very spendthrift! Naazli helps Maaz understand some unfamiliar words and guides him through some of the sentences while she was sewing some clothes on the sewing machine.
Date: February 4, 2020
Duration: 4 minutes 03 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 told in the western variety of the Southern dialect of Azamgarhi
Date: February 10, 2020
Duration: 5 minutes 57 seconds
Creator: Shaikh, Maaz
Partner: UNT College of Information

Story of Tīs Mār Khā̃

Description: This is a story about Tīs Mār Khā̃ ‘a big talker’ (lit./iron. a great warrior), a man who is a weaver and a very poor man. He has a wife and children whom he doesn’t care about at all. His wife gets something from here and there and feeds him and their children. She becomes apprehensive of his actions and tells him every day to go and earn. One fine day he becomes ready to go and earn. He asks his wife to prepare something for him to eat on the way. This story talks about his fake valor, which he earns absolutely by chance and becomes famous and wealthy.
Date: February 10, 2020
Duration: 8 minutes 22 seconds
Creator: Shaikh, Maaz
Partner: UNT College of Information

Conversation in Fatehpur village about land issues, village, farming, harvest, and fisheries

Description: This is a conversation between three people in Fatehpūr village in the Maū district of UP. The conversation begins with some land issues in Fatehpūr and then moves on to modern-day farming issues faced in the village. Then the speakers move on to discussing the prospects of fisheries and then to the climate of Fatehpūr, which is relatively colder because of the Fatehpūr Ratōh Lake.
Date: November 21, 2020
Duration: 20 minutes 26 seconds
Creator: Shaikh, Maaz
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

Personal narrative of Shazia Shaikh

Description: This is a personal narrative of the life of the speaker Shazia Shaikh. She narrates many of her childhood incidences. Additionally, she provides a detailed description of most of her family members as well as her village Bairidih.
Date: December 28, 2019
Duration: 50 minutes 09 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
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