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Kashmir has an inexhaustible fund of folk-tales - the popular component of the "literature of the people", as folklore has been aptly characterized. Folk-tales of Kashmir, like "Himal and Nagraya" and "Zohra Khotan and Haya Bund" are distinctly Kashmiri in origin. Naga or snake also means a spring in Kashmir, both feature picturesquely in the Nagraya tale. The snake and the spring recur in the "Magic Ring" story. "Shabrang, the Prince Thief" has delightful replicas in Dravidian and Chinese tales. In the Zohra Khotan tale, Zohra, a famed beauty, is relentlessly pursued by a rich merchant; she shapes a clay head and invokes God to transform it into a replica of her own head. The miracle dummy, complete with dripping blood, is presented to the merchant.

Altogether, the collection of these folk-tales should prove a source of abiding pleasure to all those, in India and abroad, who are interested in the folk literature of the northernmost state of our country as part of our rich national cultural heritage.

KASHMIRI FOLKTALES

Sh. S. L. Sadhu
S. L. Sadhu

FOLKTALES BY S.L. SADHU
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The Precious Present Download this Clip
The Devil Outwitted Download this Clip
Just a Nickname Download this Clip
The Son-in-Law Download this Clip
Eh! Oh! Download this Clip
The Inauspicious Bride Download this Clip
Himal and Nagrai Download this Clip
The Haunted Mosque Download this Clip
The Intruder Download this Clip
The Burglar's Gift Download this Clip
The Two Thugs Download this Clip
The Patwari and the Inexperienced Villager Download this Clip
The Upstart Download this Clip
Two Brothers Download this Clip
The Merciful Burglar Download this Clip
The Clever Lawyer and the Cleverer Client Download this Clip
Shabrang Download this Clip
Counting Ripples Download this Clip
The Fugitive Fawn Download this Clip
Akanandun Download this Clip
The Mortal Utensils Download this Clip
The Hydra-Headed Download this Clip
The Physician's Son Download this Clip
The Professional Wedding Guest Download this Clip
The Village Teacher Download this Clip
The Opium Smokers Download this Clip
The Drone Download this Clip
Telltale Narration Download this Clip
Mahadev Download this Clip
Snippets Download this Clip
Hatim
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HATIM'S TALES
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Mahmud of Ghazni and the Fisherman Download this Clip
The Tale of a Parrot Download this Clip
The Tale of a Merchant Download this Clip
A Song of Lal Malik Download this Clip
The Tale of the Goldsmith Download this Clip
The Story of Yusuf and Zulaikha Download this Clip
The Tale of the Reed-Flute Download this Clip
The Tale of a King Download this Clip
The Tale of the Farmer's Wife and the Honey-Bee Download this Clip
The Tale of Raja Vikramaditya Download this Clip
The Song of Forsyth Sahib, when he went to conquer Yarkand Download this Clip
The Tale of the Akhun Download this Clip
MISCELLANEOUS TALES
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Mahadev bishta Download this Clip
The Tale of Bib Garazmaej Download this Clip
Game of the Name Download this Clip
A King's Metamorphosis Download this Clip
The Birth of Lake Sheshnag Download this Clip
Sankisar Download this Clip
 


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