Monday, May 21, 2012

Pages and a translation from Persianised Kashmiri Ramayan, 1940s

Man Mohan Munshi Ji shares some pages from a rare Kashmiri Ramayan in his possession written with Persian influence (author unknown, publisher, Ali Mohamad Tajir Kutab, Habbakadal). He writes:




The Chapter deals with meeting of Ramchanderji and Lakshmanji with Hanuman and Sugrev and death of Vali and coronation of Sugrev at the hands of Ramchandar Ji. Here are some verses of the chapter in Roman Kashmiri with English translation.


Karet gai Chak daman khak bar sar

With torn aprons and dust covered heads

Vuchik koh’s akis peth ases wandar

They saw wandars sitting on a mountain

Temov yeli vuch tuluk ye nala fariad

After seeing they started discussing

Dopuk yem deov cha kina adam zad

Are they some demons or human beings ?

Kamanah hiath nakhas peth hait che laran?

They are rushing with bows on their shoulders

Yemen khah rowmut yem kiah che tsadaan?

What have they lost and what are they searching

Yemen khah rowmut yem kiah che tsadaan?

What have they lost and what are they searching

Che Sahaib Zada jora lokh masoom

They are two well bread youths in distress

Ba Chus zanan che yem baran bala vir

I know they are very valiant brave hearts

Zaminas seeth suvan Akash as tir

They can stich the earth with sky by an arrow,

Zaminas seeth suvan Akash as tir

They can stich the earth with sky by an arrow,

Even bronth yus dushman tas che galan

Any enemy coming in their way gets destroyed

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