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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 years and the required efforts and challenges involved. Then he asks Mr. Musafir to share his personal accounts with the researcher. Mr. Aquil too shares his personal experiences from the past. Later on, they both talk about political issues.
Date: December 2, 2020
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes 05 seconds
Creator: Shaikh, Maaz
Partner: UNT College of Information
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Manuscript of fieldnotes on Azamgarhi language

Description: This is a manuscript of handwritten fieldnotes on Azamgarhi language by Maaz Shaikh. These fieldnotes are of initial elicitation of words and some basic sentences. Later on, the researcher shifts to ‘Discourse-centered approach’.
Date: 2019-12/2020-11
Creator: Shaikh, Maaz
Partner: UNT College of Information
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COVID-19 Information Flyer in Azamgarhi language

Description: This is an Information Flyer in the Azamgarhi language. These flyers were designed in different languages of India and the Indian subcontinent, as an initiative by Society for Endangered Languages (SEL India) to create awareness to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Date: July 24, 2020
Creator: Shaikh, Maaz
Partner: UNT College of Information

Performance of an imitation of the Far-north or Dewārā variety of Northern Azamgarhi

Description: This is a video recording of a monologue by eight year old Yusuf. He can be seen imitating the Far-north or Dewārā (floodplain) variety of the Northern dialect of Azamgarhi spoken in Mehrā, his mother’s village. Drawl is a stereotypical feature of that variety. Those speakers are often mocked by other speakers of Azamgarhi for their highly prolonged vowels.
Date: December 3, 2020
Duration: 1 minute 18 seconds
Creator: Shaikh, Maaz
Partner: UNT College of Information

Video recording of a 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

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: 6 minutes 58 seconds
Creator: Shaikh, Maaz
Partner: UNT College of Information

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

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 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

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

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: 14 minutes 26 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

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 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 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

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

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

Personal narrative about Pīr Miā̃

Description: This is a personal narrative about an elderly person famous by the name Pīr Miā̃ who would travel by horse. He once arrived in the village of Khetaurā, the village next to Bairīḍīh. The speaker tells some events which took place at that time and talks about Pīr Miyā̃ along with his interaction with him.
Date: February 10, 2020
Duration: 4 minutes 38 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. The moral of the story is — As you sow shall you reap. This story is told in the western variety of the Southern dialect of Azamgarhi.
Date: February 10, 2020
Duration: 5 minutes 41 seconds
Creator: Shaikh, Maaz
Partner: UNT College of Information

Story of Sheherbānō

Description: This story — which can be said to be the Azamgarhi version of the world-famous folktale of Cinderella — is about a gorgeous princess named Sheherbānō whose mother dies, and her father remarries. The stepmother would never like the princess and inflict tremendous pain on her. Living in forsaken circumstances, the young princess witnesses a remarkable change in her fortune, thanks to her very attractive sandal being lost in the market after returning from her friend’s wedding. This leads to her accession to the throne when a prince finds that sandal and turns desperate to marry its owner. This story describes how the stepmother tries the best of her stratagems, leaving no stone unturned, to prevent this from happening — but in total vain.
Date: February 10, 2020
Duration: 5 minutes 07 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

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
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