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Author: A Compilation
Translator(s)/ Editors(s): J. L. Kaul/Neerja Mattoo
Publisher: Sahitya Akademi
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788126026364
Kashmiri Lyrics – This Collection of Kashmiri lyrics with their translations into English, is the only book of its kind. It is a record of Kashmiri Lyrical verse from the fourteenth to the middle of the twentieth century: from Lal Ded and Sheikh Noor-ud-Din Noorani (Nandrishi) to Mahjur and Zinda Kaul. Gathered from written and oral sources by a dedicated lover of Kashmiri Songs, It is something impossible to replicate.
The detailed introduction trances the journey of the genre over the times and notes the changes in its form and content under different influences. The original verse is in the Roman script, which makes it accessible to Kashmiri readers unfamiliar with the Nastaliq or Devnagri scripts, in which the language is written now.
ABOUT THE TRANSLATOR:
J.K. Kaul (1900-1986) imbibed a love for Kashmiri Literature and Philosophy from his father, a scholar of Saivite learning and practice. Though he went on to get a master’s degree in English from Allahabad University and taught it in college through his long and distinguished career, the love for his own mother tongue remained and he did pioneering work in collecting its literature and translating significant parts of it into English. He wrote several books, including Lal Ded Published by the Sahitya Akademi.
1. Preface to the New Edition
2. Preface to the Original Book
5. The Kashmiri Alphabet
6. Part I, ‘Vak’ and ‘Lila’ Mystical Lyrics
7. Part II, ‘Lol’ and ‘Rov’ love Lyrics
8. Part III, Recent Poetry