Wednesday, November 12, 2014

aan but-e-kashmir

Image: 'Kashmiri belle' by Gladstone Solomon, 1922.
Gladstone Solomon was the principal of Bombay school of art from 1919 to 1936.


Payaam daadam nazdiike aan but-e-kashmir
Ke zeere halqaye zulfat dilam charaast asiir
Juwab dad, kin deewanuh shood dili too zi ushuq,

Buruh nuyarud deewanuhra mugar zunjeer

I sent a message to that Cashmerian idol, Why is my heart held
captive under the curl of your ringlets? She answered, Because
your heart is distracted with love; and the madman is not suffered
to appear abroad without a chain.

~ unnamed Persian poet. 

Came across the lines in 'Dissertations on the Rhetoric, Prosody, and Rhyme of the Persians (1801), Part 1 by Francis Gladwin. It is provided as an example of 'Sawal-Jawab' style of Persian poetry. Gladwin gave the verses in persian script and the translation but didn't provide the name of the author or the verses in roman script. 

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Payaam: message
aan but-e-kashmir: like a Kashmiri idol
mugar: unless

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Panditani by Fred Bremner. Circa 1900

Panditani by Fred Bremner. Circa 1900. I first came across this iconic image in 2008, it turned out to one of the rarest postcards in Kashmir series. It took a lot of waiting and searching and now I finally have it.

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The photograph of the same woman that was captioned as that on a boatwoman by National Geographic Magazine in 1921.


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The same woman that went on to be on cover of cover of 'Made in Austria' safety matchbox.

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Sunday, November 9, 2014

first Persian verse composed by a Kashmiri


Ay bigird-i sham-i ruyat alami parvana'i
vaz lab-i shirin tu shurist dar har khana'i
Man bi chandi ashna'i mikhuram khun-i jigar
ashna ra hal inast vay bar bigana-i

O candle-faced one, the whole world flutters round thee like a moth;
thy sweet lips have caused commotion (or bitterness) in every home.
Such being the state of affliction of thy friend,
how woeful must be the plight of a stranger!

~ first Persian verse composed by a Kashmiri. Attributed by some chronicles to Sultan Qutub ud-Din [1373-1389] and by some others to Zayn al-Abidin [1420-1470].

From 'Persian Poetry in Kashmir, 1339— 1846: An Introduction' (1971) by Girdhari L. Tikku

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based on a painting of Kashmiri woman by B. Prabha.

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