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The First Published Anthology of Hindi Poets, Thomas Duer Broughton’s: Selections From The Popular Poetry of the Hindoos 1814

 
Imre Bangha (Author)
Synopsis In the first years of the nineteenth century a British army officer called Thomas Duer Broughton became enchanted by the songs and poems that his soldiers knew by heart. He started to get them noted down and eventually his collection became the first published anthology of Hindi poets. What sort of poems were memorised by Indian sipahis at that time? Surprisingly enough most of them were not folk poems but apart from some devotional quatrains and songs, were products of court poetry in the most refined period of Hindi literature, the so called ritikal, ‘period of mannerism’. Broughton’s anthology serves as a source to the cultural interaction between the Indians and the British. His book also indicates the extent to which a member of the British Indian elite was able to appreciate Indian culture through mannerist Hindi poems. Since in Europe the era of Romanticism was that of a widespread interest in Oriental cultures and the time of the discovery of folk art Broughton presented Braj poetry as ‘popular’ and ‘rustic’ and at the same time considered it to be one of the greatest achievements of universal literature. That is why he tried to bring it close to the general English reader. Apart from Broughton’s text, the book contains reconstructed Hindi versions of the poems with their new English translation as well as a critical introduction.
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About the author

Imre Bangha

Imre Bangha studied Indology in Budapest and did his doctorate in Hindi in Santiniketan. Currently he is working at the University of Oxford as well as at De Montfort University in Leicester. His published works include Hungarian translations of the poetry of Mira Bai and Anandghan (Ghananand) in collaboration with Balazs Deri as well as Saneh ko marag, a Hindi biography of Anandghan.

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Title The First Published Anthology of Hindi Poets, Thomas Duer Broughton’s: Selections From The Popular Poetry of the Hindoos 1814
Author Imre Bangha
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2000
Edition 1st Ed.
Language: English
isbn 8186962352
length 185p., Index; 22cm