Echoes From Lungleng Tang - Bongcher Literature of Oral Tradition

By: Kamal Bongcher (Ed.), Saroj Choudhuri (Tr.)

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In the Sylvan hills and lush green valleys of Tripura, about a score of ethic groups live. The Bongchers belong to one of them. Although the language is purely oral and has yet to find its own script, it has a rich treasure of exquisite oral literature. Some selected pieces have been included in this anthology. The resource persons in collection and rendering are Kamal Bongcher and Zohming Thanga Bongcher. Kamal Bongche works as revenue inspector of government of Tripura, a leading intellectual among the Bongcher speaking community, devoted to conservation and development of his own language and culture. In recognition of his service to the cause of language and culture, he has been felicitated by the department of information and culture, of the government of Tripura. Zohming Thanga Bongcher is an inborn and accomplished story-teller. He is a living encyclopedia of Bongcher traditional folk-tales, myths, folk-songs, stories, poverbs and idioms. He inherited the store of Bongcher oral literature from his illustrious grandmother, Nelsie Laxmi Bongcher, after whose name the original Bongcher locality become known as nelsiepara. A social and environmental activist, Zohming Thanga works dedicatedly for his language and culture. In recognition of his contributions, he has been awarded the Bhasa Samman award of the Government of Tripura. The translators were overseen by Saroj chaudhuri, a venerable scholar, playwright critic and translator. Contents Foreword Introduction 1. Songs 2. Song at day break 3. At Night 4. Morning 5. Song of the Duck 6. Children 7. Granny 8. Grandma 9. Come, O Rain 10. Song of the Destitute – I 11. Song of the Destitute – II 12. Love Song – I 13. Love Song – II 14. Love Song – III 15. Love Song – IV 16. Love Song – V 17. Separation – I 18. Separation – II 19. Riddles 20. Proverbs 21. Idioms 22. Comparisons 23. Moral Tale 24. Lump of earth and Bomboo split 25. Tales 26. Thuimuthu 27. Lalrawnga Retep (Tale of Lalrawnga) 28. The Story of Monoitangjal 29. The tale of Hen’s egg 30. The tale of Selepchha 31. The tale of a Fox 32. Zongkhak Tepu (The tale of Chimpanzee) 33. The tale of Parualsirika 34. The tale of the Frog boy 35. Papiyasa Retep (The tale of Papiyasa) 36. The Story of Vapawlpa 37. The Story of Chemsawrmanpa 38. The Story of Buitey 39. The Story of Rulrengtenu 40. Sarate Retep (The Story of An Orphan) 41. Sura Skits 42. Sura and Collection of Forest potato 43. Sura and Tiger 44. Sura and his egg plant fruits 45. Sura’s husking 46. Sura and the Stripes 47. Transliteration scheme (for the Originals) 48. Collection Details. PRINTED PAGES: 160.

Title: Echoes From Lungleng Tang - Bongcher Literature of Oral Tradition

Author Name: Kamal Bongcher (Ed.), Saroj Choudhuri (Tr.)

Categories: India, Fiction,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: New Delhi, Sahitya Akademi: 2011

ISBN: 8126032103

ISBN 13: 9788126032105

Seller ID: 901002

Keywords: Echoes From Lungleng Tang - Bongcher Literature of Oral Tradition Kamal Bongcher (Ed.), Saroj Choudhuri (Tr.)