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    Songs of the Gond PeopleSource: Indian Literature, Vol. 50, No. 1 (231) (January-February 2006), p. 101Published by: Sahitya AkademiStable URL: .Accessed: 28/06/2014 10:55

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  • You made of me an imbecile and idiot, I'll never ever again go by your words.

    Your true and false promises, have banished me

    to the world of eternal punishment, and I will never ever believe you again for aeons.

    Translated from Oriya by Lipipuspa Nayak

    Songs of the Gond People

    The Gond people reside throughout Orissa. Their language and reli

    gion are very similar to that of the rest of the people of Orissa. They live in larger numbers in the south-western part of Orissa. Lord Shiva

    and Lord Jagannath are their tutelary deities. Their languages differ

    across the western part of Orissa to various degrees. Some of their songs are also common to others, who do not belong to the community, yet live in the area. In some areas their literacy level is very high.

    My Sweet, Sweetheart

    You secrete the fragrance of blooming jasmines, because you are a blooming jasmine yourself. When you see me at a distance,

    you spare a coy half smile.

    When you see the bumblebee,

    you break into peels of laughter. But when I come close to you,

    you walk away and squat at a distance.

    Now tell me, why do you go so far away, did anyone tell you anything terse or sarcastic?

    Do not sulk, reveal it to me rasarkeli re,

    my sweet, sweetheart.

    There she is waiting on a slab of stone, with the sole intention

    of meeting you secretly.

    Folksongs of Orissa / 101

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    Article Contentsp. 101

    Issue Table of ContentsIndian Literature, Vol. 50, No. 1 (231) (January-February 2006), pp. 1-212Front MatterFROM THE EDITOR'S DESK [pp. 5-7]BIRTH CENTENARY TRIBUTESyed Sajjad Zaheer [pp. 8-12]

    POETRYFor Love's Sake [pp. 13-14]Now Tathagata [pp. 14-14]A Historic Darkness [pp. 15-15]No Allegiance [pp. 15-16]I Have Not Slept [pp. 17-18]Apples from Golan [pp. 18-20]U Lymboit U Lymbiang [pp. 21-22]My Sacred Groves [pp. 22-23]All about U Pyrthat [pp. 23-26]Pahsyntiew [pp. 26-27]Leaving India [pp. 28-29]In Search of a Story [pp. 29-30]Vigil [pp. 30-31]Within Vision [pp. 32-33]The Vision of a Tree [pp. 33-35]Emancipation [pp. 36-39]What Happens Next? [pp. 40-40]Migration [pp. 40-41]Hibernation [pp. 41-41]Faces [pp. 41-41]Elegy Written in an Electric Crematorium [pp. 42-42]History [pp. 43-44]Come, Let Us Depart [pp. 44-44]

    STORYTIMEThe First Lesson [pp. 45-54]Two Days From Phantom's Diary [pp. 55-65]The Voice [pp. 66-75]Nostradamus Commits Suicide [pp. 76-86]Nave [pp. 87-89]The Way We Are [pp. 90-93]Catwalk [pp. 94-97]

    FOLKSONGS OF ORISSASongs of the Juanga People [pp. 98-98]I Sing This Song for You, My Sweet Jasmine [pp. 98-99]Our Hamlet Is So Beautiful [pp. 99-100]You Forgot Me [pp. 100-101]Songs of the Gond People [pp. 101-101]My Sweet, Sweetheart [pp. 101-102]I Am Getting Breathless Sweetheart [pp. 102-103]Everything Reminds Me of You [pp. 103-103]Someone Has Said Something to You [pp. 104-104]

    KINSPEOPLE FROM FAR AND NEARThe Painter's Portrait [pp. 105-106]"Intellect Is the Swiftest of Birds" [pp. 106-106]What the Mountain Stream Told the Road Maintenance Engineers After Causing Mudslides, Broken Roads and Loss of Life [pp. 107-107]The Reader and the Poet [pp. 107-109]South of Chowwara (the netherworld) [pp. 110-110]

    PLAYRevenge of Shakuni [pp. 111-148]

    LITERARY CRITICISMTranslating Bhakti: Versions of Kabir in Colonial/Early Nationalist Period [pp. 149-165]The Origin of Oriya Jatra [pp. 166-171]Two Dystopian Fantasies [pp. 172-177]

    BOOK REVIEWSReview: untitled [pp. 178-181]Review: untitled [pp. 182-186]Review: untitled [pp. 186-189]Review: untitled [pp. 190-193]Review: untitled [pp. 194-197]Review: untitled [pp. 197-200]Review: untitled [pp. 200-203]Review: untitled [pp. 203-205]

    Our Contributors [pp. 206-211]Back Matter


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