THE FOURTH ANNUAL DEBRUPA BAL MEMORIAL STUDENTS’ SEMINAR
DEPARTMENT OF COMPARATIVE LITERATURE
NOTE: TENTATIVE DATES OF THE SEMINAR: TWO DAYS BETWEEN DEC 13 AND 17, 2010
ABSTRACTS WITH TITLE: OCT 30, 2010
WE WILL LET YOU KNOW BY MID NOVEMBER
POPULAR INDIAN LYRIC AS LITERATURE
Chaap tilak sab chheeni re tosey naina milaikey
Pag ghungru bandh mira nachi rey
Munni badnaam hui darling terey liye (or conversely, as the ‘original’ goes : Launda badnaam hua nazneen terey liye)
What do these diverse pieces have in common? The answer to this question lies in the fact that they have each, in their own time, been “popular Indian lyric”. The first is a composition by Amir Khusrau (1253-1325 AD), the second is a bhajan composed by Mirabai (c.1498-c.1547 AD) used in many Hindi films since 1947, when M.S. Subbulakshmi sang it in a film until the time it achieved immense popularity through Amitabh Bacchan ‘singing’ it in Namak Halal (1982), while the last one, an ‘item number’ from the Eid 2010 release Dabang will invite unabashed appreciation including wolf-whistles for at least the next one year.
While the definition of ‘popular’ may be unchanging, what is popular varies across place and time, and presents cases that seem to indicate some pulse at the heart of ‘literature’ in general and ‘lyric’ in particular.
This seminar endeavours to explore this vibrant, evanescent yet timeless/constant phenomenon known as the ‘popular Indian lyric’.
We welcome submission of abstracts (300 – 400 words) from students at any level upto MPhil, to be mailed to this address tagged “Abstract for DBMSS 2010” by October 30th 2010.
Should the abstract be selected, we shall provide local hospitality to the participant. We shall try to provide travel assistance as per norms , but would encourage the students to seek travel funds from their home institutions.
(Khyati N.Patel, Priyadarshi Khastgir, S. Satish Kumar, Sonam Dorjee, Arnab Dutta)
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