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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

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 a king and three sisters

Description: This is a story about a king who once takes a walk in his kingdom to check if everyone there is pleased with him. He finds three sisters wishing that if they marry the royal cook, the vizier, and the king, their lives will change forever. This happens, and the king marries the younger sister. She gives birth to a child whom the elder sister replaces with a kitten and leaves him flowing in the river. This happens thrice. The children were found by a gardener who brings them up very well. The story, which is in the Northern (Mandē) dialect with some instances of code-switching to Urdu, continues further.
Date: January 31, 2020
Duration: 9 minutes 02 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 became a judge at the Allahabad High Court. The washerman then visits the court, and the story continues.
Date: January 31, 2020
Duration: 2 minutes 11 seconds
Creator: Shaikh, Maaz
Partner: UNT College of Information

Story of a couple

Description: This is a story of a husband and wife who once had so little flour left in their house that only three chapatis could be made. The husband says that he will eat two chapatis, and the wife too says the same. A heated exchange took place between them, but they finally agreed that whoever speaks first will eat just one chapati while the other one, two. They lie down and silently stare at each other, and three days pass like this. The villagers, thinking of them being dead, go to their house, wrap them in a shroud and take them to the crematory. At last, the husband says to the wife, okay two chapatis for you!
Date: January 31, 2020
Duration: 2 minutes
Creator: Shaikh, Maaz
Partner: UNT College of Information

Personal narrative of Mohammad Khalid

Description: This is a personal narrative of the life of the speaker Mohammad Khalid. The narrative is in the Northern (Mandē) dialect of Azamgarhi with some code-switching to Urdu.
Date: January 31, 2020
Duration: 3 minutes 39 seconds
Creator: Shaikh, Maaz
Partner: UNT College of Information

Monologue on Naushad

Description: This is a personal narrative about an incident of the childhood time of Naushad Shaikh, the paternal uncle of the researcher, in Mandē village of Azamgarh.
Date: January 31, 2020
Duration: 48 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

Performance of a joke

Description: This is a recording of Mr. Anwar reciting a joke on the wit of an Indian involved in an argument with an American and a Russian.
Date: January 31, 2020
Duration: 52 seconds
Creator: Shaikh, Maaz
Partner: UNT College of Information

Monologue on Mande village

Description: This is a monologue on Mande village by Master Mohammad Khalid. The narrative is in the Northern (Mande) dialect of Azamgarhi. Frequent code-switching to Urdu can be easily heard even when pointed out to speak in the local language by the researcher in the beginning part of the recording.
Date: January 31, 2020
Duration: 2 minutes 10 seconds
Creator: Shaikh, Maaz
Partner: UNT College of Information
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