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The Jalakeli Project: Women and Education, and the Role of the House of Narasingh

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An interview with Thoidingjam Lakshmipriya Devi and Huidrom Anuradha Devi. daughters of Maharaj Kumari Angousana Devi, of the Shree Shree Govinda Jiu Jalakeli Pala of Manipur. On getting their education, the establishment of Dhanamanjuri University in Manipur by their grandmother Maharani Dhanamanjuri Devi; their education and teachers at Tamphasana Girls High School founded by their aunt Maharaj Kumari Tamphasana Devi; and the founding of Tombisana Boys High School by their second aunt Maharaj Kumari Tombisana Devi.
Date: 2017
Creator: Rajkumar, Rajeev
Object Type: Video
System: The UNT Digital Library

The Jalakeli Project: Thoidingjam Lakshmipriya Devi Interview on Jalakeli and Organization

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Thoidingjam Lakshmipriya Devi talks about the Jalakeli. She is the President of the Shree Shree Govinda Jiu Jalakeli Pala. The interview is in Manipuri and in 8 parts: 1) How I came to the Jalakeli 2) My mother Maharaj Kumari Angousana Devi 3) My grandmother Maharani Dhanamanjuri Devi: How she started the Choir of the Daughters-in-Law 4) The Songs of the Choir of the Daughters: The Patronage of the Maharajas 5) How I organize the Jalakeli 6) My aunt Maharaj Kumari Binodini Devi: Why she never joined the Jalakeli 7) Where and When the Jalakeli is Offered 8) Remembering their Names: The Invisibility of Women in Manipur's Recorded History The Jalakeli is a HIndu Vaishnav women's performance ritual offered by the two choirs of the Shree Shree Govinda Jiu Jalakeli Pala. The main summer ritual is held every year on Buddha Purnima, the full moon of Kalen (9 May 2017) at the Shree Shree Govindajee Temple of the Royal Palace of Manipur. It is a cycle of songs sung in classical Manipuri sankirtana style by the royal women descendants of Maharaja Narasingh of Manipur (1792-1850). The songs praise Lord Krishna and Lady Radha as they come out to play with …
Date: June 25, 2017
Creator: Devi, Thoidingjam Lakshmipriya
Object Type: Video
System: The UNT Digital Library

Monologue about the importance of preserving culture

Recording of the Deputy Commissioner of Chandel, Indian Administrative Services officer, Mr. Nobert Disinang, speaking about the importance of preserving culture. He talked about the need to preserve Lamkang traditional dress, ornaments, and dance as the observed the uniqueness of Lamkang cultural items when compared to other tribes. Mr. Disinang shared these thoughts at a seminar he was invited to by the Lamkang students.
Date: 2004
Creator: Tholung, Daniel
Object Type: Sound
System: The UNT Digital Library

Analytical discussion of Lamkang proverbs

Recording of a translation and discussion of Lamkang proverbs with conversation about the process in Manipuri (Meiteiron).
Date: May 5, 2008
Creator: Chelliah, Shobhana Lakshmi
Object Type: Sound
System: The UNT Digital Library

Photograph of a Manipuri manuscript

Photograph of a Manipuri manuscript, viewed through a plastic barrier. It is written in the Meithei Mayek script, a Brahmic abugida which has been in use since the 11th century. This specific manuscript discusses the art of the architecture and science of construction of houses, buildings, bridges, and walls.
Date: 2004
Creator: Molinaro, Mary
Object Type: Photograph
System: The UNT Digital Library

Layout of a traditional Manipuri house

This is a diagram of the layout of a traditional Meithei house adapted from Chaki-Sircar's 1981 work. This diagram describes traditional customs and includes the Manipuri words for areas of the house.
Date: 1986~
Creator: Chelliah, Shobhana Lakshmi
Object Type: Image
System: The UNT Digital Library
Chainaron (open access)

Chainaron

This is an excerpt of Chainaron (The Art of War), a historical Manipuri manuscript originally written in the 16th century, during the reign of Maharaja Mangyamba of Manipur. Chainaron is a manuscript that outlines the rules of chivalry and includes stories about the settlement of the conflict. This excerpt is written in the Manipuri language, with text in the Bengali script. It includes an English preface written by N. Khelchadra Singh.
Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Object Type: Book Chapter
System: The UNT Digital Library

Retelling of the Pear Story: Gopendro

The Pear Story is a video stimulus commonly utilized in language documentation where speakers are shown the silent six minute video and then asked to describe it. In the video, a young boy steals a basket of pears from a farmer, then shares the stolen pears with three boys. This is a recording of Gopendro’s retelling of the Pear Story.
Date: 1986~
Creator: Chelliah, Shobhana Lakshmi
Object Type: Sound
System: The UNT Digital Library

Photograph of a Manipuri manuscript: Yumpham Yengnaba

This is a photograph of a Manipuri manuscript. It was photographed through a plastic barrier, with the label 'YUMPHAM YENGNABA'.
Date: unknown
Creator: Molinaro, Mary
Object Type: Photograph
System: The UNT Digital Library

Conversation about summer vacation

This is a natural conversation between two girls at the Manipur University girl’s hostel. They are talking about what to bring back to the dorm after going home for vacation.
Date: 1988
Creator: Chelliah, Shobhana Lakshmi
Object Type: Sound
System: The UNT Digital Library

Photograph of a Manipuri manuscript: Phouwobi Warol

This is a photograph of a Manipuri manuscript originally created around the 16th century, written in the Meithei Mayek script, a Brahmic abugida which has been in use since the 11th century. It was photographed through a plastic barrier, with the label 'PHOUWOBI WAROL' partially obscured by a glare.
Date: 2004
Creator: Molinaro, Mary
Object Type: Photograph
System: The UNT Digital Library

Lyrics of the Choir of the Royal Daughters

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The Jalakeli of the Ningol Pala, the Choir of the Royal Daughters, comprises of 6 compositions. Their lyrics are published here in the order in which they are sung. They date to the 19th century royal court of Manipur; the sixth is from the first part of the 20th century. The first four lyrics are called padavali, songs of praise to Lord Krishna and his consort the Lady Radha. They were composed during the reign of Maharaja Narasingh (regent 1834-1844; r.1844-1850) but gathered in a collection during the reign of his nephew Maharaja Chandrakirti (1834-44; 1850-1886). The first lyric is attributed to Ghanashyamara Das, and the second to Basu Ghosh; the fourth is by Kabi Karnapur. All were Bhakti poets of Bengali origin. The lyricist of the third padavali is unknown. All four are in Bangla, the language of worship and ritual in Manipur of the time. The fifth and sixth lyrics are called rachna, a lyrical form response of appreciation upon listenging to the Jalakeli. The fifth lyric (and the first rachna) also in Bangla, is attributed to Maharaja Narasingh himself and is in Sanskrit. It is reputed to have been composed upon the funeral services of his guru, …
Date: 2017
Creator: unknown
Object Type: Text
System: The UNT Digital Library

Tagore Songs in Manipuri

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Translations of Tagore songs by MK Binodini Devi, Maibam Haricharan, RK Surendrajit, and Ayekpam Shyamsundar Singh, performed by Roop Raag. Binodini translated 28 of these songs written and composed by Rabindranath Tagore from the original Bangla.
Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Object Type: Sound
System: The UNT Digital Library

Asangba Nongjabi

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This version of the Asangba Nongjabi (Crimson Rainclouds) is in Manipuri using the Roman script.
Date: 2017
Creator: Binodini, 1922-2011
Object Type: Text
System: The UNT Digital Library

Audio of Binodini's Asangba Nongjabi (Part B)

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Recording of Binodini's Asangba Nogjabi.
Date: 1994
Creator: Binodini, 1922-2011
Object Type: Sound
System: The UNT Digital Library

Video of Jalakeli at the Palace Temple of Manipur

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This video is of Jalakeli, a women's Hindu Vaishnav ritual performance of Manipur, India. It was offered, as annual custom dictates, by the Shree Shree Govinda Jiu Jalakeli Pala on Buddha Purnima, the full moon of the Manipuri lunar month of Kalen (9 May 2017) at the Shree Shree Govindajee Temple of the Royal Palace of Manipur.
Date: May 10, 2017
Creator: Shree Shree Govinda Jiu Jalakeli Pala
Object Type: Video
System: The UNT Digital Library

Meitei Mayek Primer

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Primer for Meitei Mayek for teaching in Kindergarten and Class 1, Board of Secondary Education, Manipur. By L. Basanta Kumar Meitei, Prime Publication.
Date: unknown
Creator: Kumar, L. Basanta
Object Type: Text
System: The UNT Digital Library

Retelling of Hanuba Hanubi

This is a retelling of Hanuba Hanubi Pungawari, a traditional narrative about an old man who is tricked by a monkey to plant paan after it is cooked. It is part of the modern Manipuri canon of folk tales.
Date: 1986~
Creator: Chelliah, Shobhana Lakshmi
Object Type: Sound
System: The UNT Digital Library

Retelling of My Friend the Oil Lamp

This is a retelling of My Friend the Oil Lamp, a modern Manipuri traditional narrative, narrated by Radhe Sham Singh.
Date: 1986~
Creator: Chelliah, Shobhana Lakshmi
Object Type: Sound
System: The UNT Digital Library

Retelling of Kerkuhanjaba

This is a retelling of Kerkuhanjaba, a traditional Manipuri story about a man as black as the kekru berry.
Date: 1986
Creator: Chelliah, Shobhana Lakshmi
Object Type: Sound
System: The UNT Digital Library

Retelling of Mayba

This is a retelling of a traditional narrative about a farmer who puts a spell on an unknown person who was stealing his vegetables.
Date: ~1986
Creator: Chelliah, Shobhana Lakshmi
Object Type: Sound
System: The UNT Digital Library

Retelling of Tǝpta

This is a retelling of the traditional narrative about Tǝpta, the boogeyman.
Date: 1986
Creator: Chelliah, Shobhana Lakshmi
Object Type: Sound
System: The UNT Digital Library
Elicitation of active constructions through sportscaster language transcript

Elicitation of active constructions through sportscaster language

Illustrating Sportscaster Language. Shobhana Chelliah asks Rengpu Rex Khullar and Harimohon Thounaojam to describe goals and plays in an imaginary football (American soccer) game. Rex provides this in Lamkang, while Harimohon provides this in Manipuri. The purpose was to elicit focus and/or highly active constructions.
Date: 2008
Creator: Chelliah, Shobhana Lakshmi
Object Type: Sound
System: The UNT Digital Library
Monologue on play-by-play description of imagined soccer game transcript

Monologue on play-by-play description of imagined soccer game

Improvised play-by-play description of imagined soccer game in Manipuri (Meiteiron) by Harimohon Thounaojam
Date: May 2008
Creator: Chelliah, Shobhana Lakshmi
Object Type: Sound
System: The UNT Digital Library