Friday, August 8, 2014

Tagore Songs again - now cataloged

The audio CDs and the book of translations of Tagore songs are now cataloged and added to the University of Virginia library collections.

We thank Sugata Bose for donating the set of 4 CDs of the first title to the University of Virginia library.  Professor Bose is also the selector of his favorite Tagore songs on the second title, My Tagore.  And to complete this set of three related titles, he is also the translator into English of Tagore poems and songs in the third title, a book which includes most of the songs recorded on the CDs of the first title World Voyager.

Click on any of the covers to see a larger image.

1. Tagore, Rabindranath, Sugata Bose, and Pramita Mallick. Viśvayātrī Rabīndranātha: Tagore, the World
Voyager : Songs Composed During Tagore's Overseas Voyages During 1912-1934. Kolkata: Bhavna Records and Cassettes, 2010. Sound recording. 4 audio CDs.

2. Tagore, Rabindranath, Subrata Mukhopadhaya, and Gopa Roy. Amaar Rabindranath: My Tagore. , 2010. Sound recording. Audio CD.

3. Tagore, Rabindranath, and Sugata Bose. Tagore, the World Voyager. , 2013. Print. Book.
You can see a list of the songs on the CDs by examining the detailed cataloged record.  
But listen to any of the 10 songs on title #2 My Tagore above by going to the playlist

Here is a list of the 10 songs -
  • Kul theke mor gaaner tari
  • Amaar bela je jay sanjh belate
  • Aaji marmardhwani keno jagilo ret
  • Ogo sundar, ekoda ki jani kon punyer phale
  • Tomar binay gaan chhilo
  • Tumi ki kebali chhabi
  • Sakarun benu bajaye ke jay
  • Ami chini go chini tomare, ogo bideshini
  • Tar hate chhilo hashir phuler har
  • Ami tomay jato shuniechhilem gaan
I hope that you also might check out these items - have a listen to the wonderous Bengali songs of Tagore and enjoy reading the English translations of Tagore's poetry and song lyrics.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Recordings of Tagore's Poems and Songs

Sung by Pramita Mallick. Translations and Readings by Sughata Bose, 2010

Rabindranath Tagore songs - I'm enjoying listening to the words, translations, and singing of 40 poems/songs on this 4 CD Pack, and 10 more on another CD. Harvard historian Sugata Bose has done a marvelous project and Pramita Mallick sings these 40 Bengali poems, to my great enjoyment. Post or graphics 1 of 3 on this topic. The front and back of two CDs - A "The World Voyager" (40 songs listed on the back) and B "My Tagore" (10 songs listed on the back) [Click any image for larger]

Question - Is it possible for Westerners to enjoy and appreciate poems translated from another language - Bengali, and turned into song? Harvard historian Sugata Bose discusses this briefly in a 2:18 minute video, about translating Rabindranath Tagore poems and songs. Post 2 of 3 on this topic.

A sample of Tagore's poems and songs from the 40 poem / song set, which historian Sugata Bose has translated and Pramita Mallick sings on the CDs of "Tagore: The World Voyager" (Bhavna, Kolkata. 2010). Worldcat listing =

Have a listen. Post 3 of 3 on this topic. 4:33 video - words and song.

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Friday, May 31, 2013

Gifts from abroad May 2013

It is almost like Christmas, when shipments arrive from Library of Congress offices - Delhi, Islamabad, Cairo, etc.  What an excitement, surprises, and joy to unpack the boxes and open up all those gifts - books, serials, DVDs, etc. These sets of shipments arrive 3 or more times a year - this month it was mainly South Asian and Delhi materials, Christmas in May! And consisted of some Art and Archeology books, Bangladesh DVDs, and titles in English, Urdu, Hindi, Sanskrit, Arabic, Pali, etc.

Here are three lists followed by some descriptions
1) Art and Archeology
2) Bangladesh DVDs
and 3) Selected Titles

 1) Art and Archeology
 5000 years of Indian art by Sushma Bahl
wow. Archeology and Roots - before and after Harappa and the Indus Valley. Mughals again - gardens. And what is it with these Bengalis - prolific, interesting, amazing. Did Tagore die recently or about 100 years ago or something - lots and lots of books on him in recent years. The Bengal volume is amazing - good representations, little biographies and interesting time lines, all within the confines of only 463 pages of this huge volume. See also the 3 volume "Encyclopaedia of Indian temple architecture" which includes Khajaraho in the second volume and some Nagpur temples in its third volume; besides Indian art, there is the Bangladesh modern architecture book, and Sri Lanka book on an art project of Tamil life during the Civil War.

2) Bangladesh DVDs
33 Bangladesh DVDs on various social, political, economic, and women's issues, from the "Steps Towards Development" organization. Mostly from the 2000s, mostly with English subtitles of Bengali language films. Running time mainly between 20-60 minutes.

3) Selected Titles 

Tigers in the emerald forest : Ranthambhore after... by Valmik Thapar

How the Firefly Got Its Light. by Kumar, PradyumnaChurning the earth : the making of global India by Aseem ShrivastavaMany interesting books here. Bihar's Champaran district has its own coffee table - now Saran distict needs one with photos of the Hathi Bazaar at the Sonepur mela. Another coffee table book on Rajasthan followed by one on its tigers in Ranthambhore. A re-publication of Mussoorie merchant's letters of the 1830s. Fascinating examples of fading indigenous knowledge and skills. How did the firefly get its light? a beautiful graphic book. Three fading groups of people as their soul survivors. Global India's warming ecology plus an autobiography of one of its foremost activists, Sunderlal Bahuguna. And more, much more - Islam, colonial ethnography (Mushirul Hasan edited), Gandhi's khadi, Sufis, four books on women (two on Sri Lanka and post-tsunami), Premchand's short stories in translation, Mir Taki Mir, Kalidasa - the Cloud (not the iCloud though). Two great photographic books - one of 19th century photos of buildings as well as social groups (photos, video), and one of panoramic views of India today (photos, video).

Tell me about other great and exciting books you have seen recently.  Or what do you think of these?

The Selected list -

A bibliography of selected titles received from Delhi, May 2013.
(Philip McEldowney, University of Virginia)

  1. Tiwary, Nishant. Celebrating Bihar: The Charm of Champaran. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2012.
  2. Thapar, Valmik, Amita Chhabra, and Sanjna Kapoor. Tigers in the Emerald Forest: Ranthambhore After the Monsoon. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2012.
  3. Sahaney, Ranee, and Sanjay Singh Badnor. Rajasthan, a Romantic Odyssey. New Delhi: Printo India Publishers, 2005.
  4. Monk, Mauger Fitzhugh, and Ganesh Saili. Letters of a Mussoorie Merchant. New Delhi: Niyogi Books, 2012.
  5. Kumar, Pradyumna, and Butalia, Urvashi. How the Firefly Got Its Light. Mapin, 2012.
  6. Bharati Debi, and Anshu Prokash Nandan. Indigenous Knowledge. Kolkata: Anthropological Survey of India, Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India, 2011.
  7. Malhotra, Anu. Soul Survivors: Apa Tani, Konyak, Tibetan Nomads. New Delhi: AIM Television, 2011.
  8. Sunderlal Bahuguna. The Road to Survival. Kozhikode: Mathrubhumi Books, 2009.
  9. Shrivastava, Aseem, and Ashish Kothari. Churning the Earth: The Making of Global India. New Delhi: Penguin, 2012.
  10. Noorani, Abdul Gafoor Abdul Majeed. Islam, South Asia, and the Cold War. New Delhi: Tulika Books, 2012.
  11. Gonsalves, Peter. Khadi: Gandhi's Mega Symbol of Subversion. Thousand Oaks, Calif: SAGE Publications, 2012.
  12. Hasan, Mushirul. Writing India: Colonial Ethnography in the Nineteenth Century. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.
  13. Green, Nile. Making Space: Sufis and Settlers in Early Modern India. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2012.
  14. Kolaskar, A. S. , and Motilal Dash. Women and Society: The Road to Change. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2012.
  15. Cittiralēkā, Mau, and Sarala Emmanuel. Penkalin Nilam: A Study on Women's Land Rights in the Post-Tsunami Resettlement Process in Batticaloa. Batticaloa: Suriya Women's Development Centre, 2010.
  16. Banerjee, Paula, and Anasua Basu Ray Chaudhury. Women in Indian Borderlands. New Delhi: SAGE, 2011.
  17. Herath, Tamara. Women in Terrorism: Case of the LTTE. New Delhi: SAGE Publications, 2012.
  18. National Seminar "Swadesh Samaj, Rabindranath Tagore and the Nation", Swati Ganguly, and Abhijit Sena. Rabindranath Tagore and the Nation: Essays in Politics, Society and Culture. Kolkata: Punascha in association with Visva-Bharati, 2011.
  19. Premacanda, and Rakhshanda Jalil. The Temple and the Mosque: The Best of Premchand. New York: Harper Perennial, 2011.
  20. Afz̤āl Ḥusain. Mīr kī shiʻrī lisāniyāt. Dihlī: ʻArshiyah Pablīkeshanz, 2010. (Urdu)
  21. Mahakavi Kalidasa aura unaka mahakavya-silpa. Nai Dilli: Ayushmana Pablikesana Hausa, 2012. (Hindi)
  22. Kālidāsa, Jagadīśa Śarmā, Prabhunātha Dvivedī, and Mallinātha. Meghadūtam. Ujjayinī: Kālidāsa Saṃskr̥ta Akādamī, 2009. (Sanskrit)
  23.  Panjiar, Prashant, and Sanjeev Saith. Pan India, a Shared Habitat. 2012.  
  24. One Hundred Vintage Views of India. New Delhi: Tasveer & Bernard J Shapero Rare Books in association with Ganjam, 2011. 

Monday, May 6, 2013

Sanskrit Buddhist Manuscripts on microfiche

This library material,  titled the Sanskrit Buddhist Manuscripts, appears to be a very rich set of texts on microfiche, which other libraries and scholars have begun to request copies of some of the 495 titles though InterLibrary Servies.  That raises several questions for our library.

These microfiche were gifted or donated to the University of Virginia about 5 years ago. Our main concern is that these microfiche may be unique (the only holder of them in the world as far as we know?), and we are reluctant to lend them without retaining a copy for ourselves. We are in discussions and are investigating how to best manage these materials, especially if we are going to lend them to others.

What is this set?  There is a 1975 catalog of these, which lists 495 separate Sanskrit titles in the set. OUr VIRGO listing indicates there are 1206 microfiche, each microfiche may contain 24 images (x 1206 = about 29,000 images).  We have searched for an institution or company which makes copies of microfiche. There seem to be plenty of companies  around which do microfilm duplication, but few that do microfiche duplication..  But, we may have recently found one which may do this - and at the same time they would also make digital image copies of the texts.  They are estimating the cost.

Still, there are a concerns about copyright and lending / sending digital copies or microfiche to others.  There is no information in the 1975 catalog as to how and when these were microfiched in 1975 or before.

Below are some images of the microfiche, with samples of scans at the end.

 1. Four boxes of microfiche on the left, with the List title, and print outs of scanned individual title and a text page on the right.

 2. Left the cover of the list of Titles, and right top a scanned title page, 
and right bottom a scanned text page.

 3. The four boxes with the microfiche.

 4. The four boxes opened up to display the microfiche
5. The first box and the last box

6. Sample microfiche from the first and last microfiche sets, which have two microfiche.  The bottom is the first fiche of the title and is filled with the 24 frames.The upper fiche is the second of a title and shows empty frames.
 7. Samples. This is an identification first frame and a title scanned from the microfiche.

8. Samples. Scans of the beginning text frame on the left and the end text frame on the right.

Does anyone else have any comments or questions? - if so, please write to me at

Trying a Google search for"Sanskrit Buddhist Manuscripts" one gets several hits.  Are these the same texts as we have at the University of Virginia, but held at other institutions, especially in Nepal?
See, for example, these two links

Monday, December 3, 2012

New! Books - arrived December 2012

See this list of new books which have arrived from South Asia in the last weeks and will be cataloged and added to our library collections at the University of Virginia.  Most are in Alderman library, some in the Fine Arts library, and a small number in the Science and Engineering library.

Have a look, review the titles, and check them out.


Pakistani food




Food – chillis, Pakistani. Writings - Faiz, Bhisham Sahni. Architecture – Chandigarh, Orcha, Nepal.
Politics / economics – land, rice, parliament, Bengal, Punjab, tsanami. Higer education. Naxals.
History – essays, symposia, Malaviya, Mujibur, Muslims, Lucknow, Bahawalpur, Sultana Raziya, medieval.
Other - Adivasis, rural women.
  1. Gogate, S., & Jalihal, S. (2012).Romancing the chilli: Chillies & chutneys. New Delhi: Rupa Publications India.
  2. Ramzi, S. (2012). Food prints: An epicurean voyage through Pakistan : overview of Pakstani cuisine. Karachi: Oxford University Press.
  3. Faiz̤, F. A., & Kāliyā, R. (2011). Faiza kī sadī: Laghu sañcayana va vivecana. Nayī Dillī: Bhāratīya Jñanapīṭha. And a list of new Urdu books (click here)
  4. Tripathi, D. P.(2011). Celebrating Faiz. New Delhi: Vij Books India.
  5. Sahni, B., & Sahni, K. (2011). Sampūrṇa nāṭaka. Naī Dillī: Rājakamala Prakāśana. Complete plays of Bhisham Sahni.
  6. Doongaji, D. H., Puri, R. I., & Amar Chitra Katha Pvt Ltd. (2010). Great Indian classics. Mumbai: Amar Chitra Katha. “This Amar Chitra Katha collection brings together a sample of the Indian literary tradition down the years. It starts with the works of Kalidasa, moving to Sanskrit romances of the Gupta Age, and ancient Tamil Sangam literature which was influenced by Jain and Buddhist thought.”
  7. Pai, A., & Kadam, D. (2011). Mahabharata. Mumbai: Amar Chitra Katha. 3 volumes.
  8. Sharma, S. (2009). Corb's capitol: [a journey through Chandigarh architecture]. Chandigarh: Abhishek Publications.
  9. Rothfarb, E., & Marg Foundation (India). (2012). Orchha and beyond: Design at the court of Raja Bir Singh Dev Bundela. Mumbai: Marg Foundation.
  10. Dangol, P. (2011). Elements of Nepalese temple architecture. New Delhi: Adroit Publishers.

Fistful of rice

Parliamentary directory

Minorities Bengal

Debt Punjab

Women Disaster

Higher Education
  1. Bandyopadhyay, D., Saxena, K. B., Mohanty, M., & Chakravartty, S. (2012). A fistful of dry rice: Land, equity and democracy : essays in honour of D. Bandyopadhyay. Delhi: Aakar Books.
  2. Gosvāmī, B. (2011). Saṃsadīya śabdakosha. Jayapura: Rāja Pabliśiṅga Hāusa. Dictionary parliamentary terms; with reference to India.
  3. Dasgupta, A., Togawa, M., & Barkat, A. (2011). Minorities and the state: Changing social and political landscape of Bengal. New Delhi: SAGE.
  4. Sidhu, A., & Jaijee, I. S. (2011). Debt and death in rural India: The Punjab story. Thousand Oaks, Calif: SAGE.
  5. Enarson, E. P., & Dhar, C. P. G. (2009). Women, gender and disaster : global issues and initiatives. Los Angeles: Sage.
  6. Agarwal, P. (2009). Indian higher education: Envisioning the future. New Delhi: SAGE Publications


Jharkhand officer


History symposia

M M Malaviya

  1. Kumar, M. (2012). The Naxalite movement in Bihar: Ideology, setting, practice and outcome. New Delhi: Manak Publications.
  2. Mānasa, M. (2011). Hindi kavita ki tisari dhara. Nai Dilli: Svaraja Prakasana. Study of the
    Hindi poetry influence by Naxalbari peasant movement; covers the post 1930 period.
  3. Sāhā, H. (2011). Jhārakhaṇḍa kā sitārā: Upanyāsa. Dillī: Śubhadā Prakāśana. Novel based on a police officer and his contribution in society as social reformer.
  4. Ali, R. U.(2012). Empire in retreat: The story of India's partition. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  5. Bagchi, A. K., Acharya, J., Ghosh, S., Mukherjee, J., & Institute of Development Studies, Kolkata.(2011). Four essays on writing economic history of colonial India. Kolkata: Published by Institute of Development Studies in association with Progressive Publishers.
  6. Jafri, S. Z. H., & Indian History Congress. (2012). Recording the progress of Indian history: Symposia papers of the Indian History Congress, 1992-2010. New Delhi: Primus Books.
  7. Maini, S. K., Pandey, V., & Chandramouli, K. (2011). Visionary of modern India: Madan Mohan Malaviya. New Delhi: Showcase.
  8. Mujibur, R. (2012). The unfinished memoirs. Karachi: Oxford university Press.
  9. Nizami, Z. A., Mohammad, J. R., Ashraf, M., Khan, S. U., & Institute of Objective Studies (New Delhi, India). (2011). The role of Muslims in the Indian freedom struggle, 1857-1947. New Delhi: Institute of Objective Studies. Added volumes 2-3 to v. 1.
  10. Singh, M. (2011). Lucknow: A city between cultures. New Delhi: Academic Foundation.



Medieval 3


Rural women

Sikh heritage
  1. Shahāmat, A. (2012). The history of Bahawalpur, with notices of the adjacent countries of Sindh, Afghanistan, Multan, and the West of India. Lahore: Sang-e-Meel Publications.
  2. Mevārāma, . (2011). Sultāna Raziyā: [Sultāna Raziyā ke jīvana para kendrita aitihāsika upanyāsa]. Nayī Dillī: Bhāratīya ñānapīṭha. Historical novel based on the life of Raziya, Sultana of Delhi, d. 1240.
  3. Siddiqi, I. H., Iraqi, S., & Bhadani, B. L. (2003). Medieval India. New Delhi: Manohar. Volume 3 of a series.
  4. Das, G. S.,& Basu, R. S. (2012). Narratives from the margins: Aspects of adivasi history in India. New Delhi: Primus Books.
  5. Dimri, J. (2012). Images and representation of the rural women: A study of the selected novels of Indian women writers. Shimla: Indian Institute of Advanced Study.
List of South Asia Notable titles in December 2012 (click here). Also a list of new Urdu books (click here)

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Maps - Pakistan and more

Maps of Pakistan, from the 1960s.  Have a look.

Recently our University of Virginia catalogers have be adding India, Pakistan, and other South Asian maps to our collection.  These mostly were brought up from the Alderman library basement when it was cleared out in 2010.  They had been there since the mid-1970s along with lots of other stuff (books, magazines, census - in English and other languages).

This post concerns a set of about 50 maps, mainly of taluqs and divisions of Pakistan as it existed around 1967.  They are reproductions based on late 19th century (the 1880s) maps.  They have very basic information - town and village names, roads, rivers, hills, and geographic locations.

The 50-60 Pakistani map do not cover all of the Pakistan area - missing are some places like Karachi, Raulpindi, etc.

More than half are 'new' (new location names with longitude and latitude, etc.) were added to OCLC by one of our catalogers, since none existed before in that database. The language is Sindhi. The company which produced them, and is a good search term, is the "Haqqi Brothers."

Here's the Haqqi Brothers Map list

Have a look at two samples.