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Story of a poor old lady and a magician

Description: This is a story of a destitute old lady who had two sons, and she could barely feed them. After some time, an aged man comes to that old lady and asks her to hand over her sons to him to raise them. The old woman agrees to this while saying that she’ll keep one of them when they became adults, whereas he can take the other one. The old man — who was a magician — takes care of them. He educates one, whereas he keeps the other for household chores, who later learns magic from him. The latter is desperate to be reunited with his mother, but the magician wants to keep him with himself. This story narrates how by using magic, the boy tries to return.
Date: November 26, 2020
Duration: 5 minutes 56 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

Conversation between Tauqeer Ahmad and the children of Bindawal village

Description: This is a conversation between Tauqeer Ahmad and the children of Bindawal village in the Northern Azamgarhi dialect as they were warming themselves in front of a fire. The children seeing the researcher and Mr. Tauqeer, try to escape but Mr. Tauqeer asks them to stay at their places. He then starts questioning an incident that took place the previous night wherein police arrived at the village and fined someone who was fishing illegally.
Date: November 23, 2020
Duration: 7 minutes 56 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 language of Rampur with Mr. Akhlaque (in Urdu)

Description: This is a conversation primarily with Mr. Akhlaque. After recording some conversations in Rāmpūr village, the researcher learns the language of the Muslims to be Bhojpuri and almost the same as that of the Hindu population, unlike that in Fatehpūr. He then moves near to Mr. Akhlaque to enquire about this. Mr. Jameel then joins the conversation and adds his opinion on the ongoing topic.
Date: November 22, 2020
Duration: 2 minutes 53 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 with Irfan Ahmad Usmani about language, Chāndpūr village, and relatives (in Urdu)

Description: This is a conversation in (Pharaī) Chāndpūr village situated in the Maū district of UP, between Irfan Ahmad Usmani, Maaz Shaikh and his uncle Saeeduz Zafar Ali. The conversation begins with a discussion on the variety of Azamgarhi spoken in this village and continues to the Azamgarhi language and thereafter to the different local vernaculars spoken in Eastern UP and Bihar. Further, Mr. Usmani describes the village, its iconic location due to it being situated near the banks of a tributary (Pharaī in Azamgarhi) of the Ghāgrā river, and its unique tongue. Then, the conversation moves on to a discussion on relatives. Later on, his sister too joins the conversation.
Date: November 22, 2020
Duration: 29 minutes 20 seconds
Creator: Shaikh, Maaz
Partner: UNT College of Information

Discussion on languages of the Purvanchal region of UP and Urdu

Description: This is a discussion about the language and language varieties spoken in the districts of the Pūrvānchal region of the state of Uttar Pradesh, such as Maū, Balliā, and Āzamgaṛh. The speaker Mr. Maqsood Khan initiates with a short monologue on the election season in his mother tongue Bhojpuri spoken in his village Jogarī. He then proceeds to the varieties spoken in the region as he seems to have excellent knowledge on the same. The monologue then turns into a discussion about the differences of culture and language of Āzamgaṛh and Maū. It then shifts to the state of Urdu in India.
Date: November 22, 2020
Duration: 12 minutes 50 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

Monologue on Rahmāniā College of Rōpanpūr and Rōpanpūr village

Description: This is a monologue, in the Eastern dialect of Azamgarhi, on a degree college in Rōpanpūr village by the name Rahmāniyā P. G. Degree College established by late Haji Muneer Khan Sāhab. The speaker Mr. Zakir gives information on the history and establishment of the college and its importance to Rōpanpūr village and the nearby villages. Further, he also talks about Rōpanpūr village and his educational background.
Date: November 22, 2020
Duration: 3 minutes 25 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

Conversation on issues of agricultural produce, and about relatives

Description: This is a conversation in Ḍhilaī̃ village, situated nearby Fatehpūr, in the Maū district of UP, taking place in the Eastern dialect of Azamgarhi. The conversation begins with some issues in the selling of the current year’s harvest of paddy. Then the speakers move on to talking on matters of relatives.
Date: November 21, 2020
Duration: 25 minutes 38 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

Retelling of the pear story

Description: This is a retelling of the pear story
Date: October 30, 2020
Duration: 21 minutes 34 seconds
Creator: Basumatary, Prafulla
Partner: UNT College of Information

Retelling of the pear story

Description: This is a retelling of the pear story
Date: October 30, 2020
Duration: 5 minutes 59 seconds
Creator: Basumatary, Prafulla
Partner: UNT College of Information

Story about a king and a cat

Description: This is a very short bedtime story of a king and a cat narrated in a rhyming pattern. These type of stories are told to lull and amuse small children.
Date: July 20, 2020
Duration: 1 minute 04 seconds
Creator: Shaikh, Maaz
Partner: UNT College of Information

Elicitation of bird names

Description: Recording of an elicitation of bird names in Mankiyali with the English translation as the prompt. The singular and plural forms, along with any alternatives, are given. The speaker was born in 1985.
Date: July 19, 2020
Duration: 5 minutes 17 seconds
Creator: Zeb, Aurang
Partner: UNT College of Information

Elicitation of color terms

Description: Recording of an elicitation of color terms in Mankiyali followed by the English translation. the masculine singular and plural and feminine singular and plural were provided for each color. The speaker was born in 1985.
Date: July 19, 2020
Duration: 5 minutes 46 seconds
Creator: Zeb, Aurang
Partner: UNT College of Information

Formal speech about social customs

Description: Recording of a formal speech by Kameswar Basumatary (Male, age 60) which contains a description of a village situation, personal career, advice to parents, and thanks-giving.
Date: March 9, 2020
Duration: 11 minutes 57 seconds
Creator: Basumatary, Prafulla
Partner: UNT College of Information
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