Braj in Brief

Braj Bhasha, an ancestor to modern standard Hindi, was the dialect of the region surrounding Vrindavan, a north Indian city that retains much of its unique traditions to this day. Above, priests throw color on devotees celebrating Holi at the Banke Bihari temple in central Vrindavan. (Photo: Manish Swarup)

Braj Bhasha, an ancestor to modern standard Hindi, was the dialect of the region surrounding Vrindavan, a north Indian city that retains much of its unique traditions to this day. Above, priests throw color on devotees celebrating Holi at the Banke Bihari temple in central Vrindavan. (Photo: Manish Swarup)

"Braj in Brief" is HUF Director Rupert Snell's introduction to literary Braj Bhasha, a dialect of Hindi that was widely used for composing poetry from roughly the 16th century until the 19th. The main features of the language are introduced (with comparisons to their Modern Standard Hindi equivalents) through a selection of couplets by the early 18th-century poet Vrind.

Audio clips accompany each couplet, allowing one to get a feel for the rhythm of the language. Use of Adobe Reader will provide access to the embedded audio.

 

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