Author: Kamal Bongcher
Translator(s)/ Editors(s): Zohming Thanga Bon./Saroj Chauduri
Publisher: Sahitya Akademi
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788126032105
In the Sylvan hills and lush green valleys of Tripura, about a score of ethnic groups live. The Bongchers belong to one of them. Although the language is purely oral and has yet to find its own script, it has a rich treasure of exquisite oral literature. Some selected pieces have been included in this anthology. The resource persons in collection and rendering are Kamal Bongcher and Zohming Thanga Bongcher. Kamal Bongche works as a revenue inspector of Government of Tripura, a leading intellectual among the Bongcher speaking community, devoted to conservation and development of his own language and culture. In recognition of his service to the cause of language and culture, he has been felicitated by the Department of information and culture, of the government of Tripura . Zohming Thanga Bongcher is an inborn and accomplished story-tetter. He is a living encyclopedia of Bongcher traditional folk-tales, myths, folk-songs, stories, poverbs and idioms. He inherited the store of Bongcher oral literature from his illustrious grandmother, Nelsie Laxmi Bongcher, after whose name the original Bongcher locality became known as Nelsiepara. A social and environmental activist, Zohming Thanga works dedicatedly for his language and culture.
Foreword Introduction Songs 1. Song at day Break 2. At night 3. Morning 4. Song of the Duck 5. Children 6. Granny 7. Grandma 8. Come, O Rain 9. Song of the Destitute – I 10. Song of the Destitute – II 11. Love Song – I 12. Love Song – II 13. Love Song – III 14. Love Song – IV 15. Love Song – V 16. Separation – I 17. Separation – II 18. Riddles 19. Proverbs 20. Idioms 21. Comparisons 22. Moral tale 23. Lump of earth and Bamboo Splint 24. Tales 25. Thuimuthu 26. Lalrawnga Retep (Tale of Lalrawnga) 27. The Story of Monoitangjal 28. The Tale of Hen’s egg 29. The Tale of Selepchha 30. The Tale of a Fox 31. Zongkhak Tepu (The Tale of Chimpanzee) 32. The Tale of Parualsirika 33. The Tale of the Frog boy 34. Papiyasa Retep (The tale of Papiyasa) 35. The Story of Vapawlpa 36. The Story of Chemsawrmanpa 37. The Story of Buitey 38. The Story of Rulrengtenu 39. Sarate Retep (The Story of an Orphan) 40. Sura Skits 41. Sura and Collection of Forest Potato 42. Sura and Tiger 43. Sura and his egg plant fruits 44. Sura’s Husking 45. Sura and the Stripes Transliteration Scheme (for the Originals) Collection Details