OLAC Record

Title:Ancient Songs (Ahu go nuĝu)
Documentation and Description of the Hrusso Aka Language of Arunachal Pradesh
Contributor:Bramo Khabisow
Contributor (consultant):Delu Sapon
Doge Khabisow
Contributor (recorder):Dorjee K. Jebisow
Contributor (researcher):Vijay D'Souza
Description:The bundle contains ancient songs sung by Dogge, a village priest. These songs are highly respected by the Akas, but very few understand them since they are sung in register that is no longer used ordinarily. There are also very few people who can sing them. The songs used to be sung on solemn occasions like feasts, marriage and other rites of passage. Nowadays there are no longer sung commonly. In the videos it can be noticed that the tempo of each song gradually increases. This is an aberration that occurred perhaps because of faulty meeting of bamboo sticks that can be heard in the background. We wanted to rerecord the songs with even speed, but could not organise recording again. Therefore, we decided to keep these, given the importance and rarity. Recorded in Dogge's kitchen, Buragaon village. It had split-bamboo floors and walls, and had limited light inside. The video was recorded using Canon 700D DSLR camera with a 50 mm f 1.8 lens since the light was poor. Audio was recorded separately on the Marantz PMD II 661 using the Superlux S502 stereo microphone. This microphone was used in order to get an ORTF effect, imitating the human ear in capturing the richness and directionality of the various sounds in the room, like the beating of bamboo sticks to keep the beats.
Son of Tuliram Sapon, married to Rani 'Tara' Sapon, he has 6 children: 2 boys and 4 girls. A member of the Aka (Hrusso) Literatue Team, formed in 2017, under the leadership of Vijay D'Souza. Delu served both as a consultant (especially with regard to phonology) and a co-ordinator with local people to organise recording events. Original village: Buragaon
Married to Bramo Khabisow, and the father of 9 children. Original village: Buragaon
Son of Wangdi and the late Tasing Dema 'Grasüm' Jebisow (née Delusow), recently married to Mareena. A member of the Aka (Hrusso) Literatue Team, formed in 2017, under the leadership of Vijay D'Souza. Original village: Buragaon, now resident at Kimi.
Born in Karnataka, India. Working in Northeast India as a Jesuit since 1999. Involved with Hrusso Aka orthography development and language support since 1999, having learned the language at Palizi while teaching. Currently doing a DPhil (PhD) in linguistics at the University of Oxford, UK (Thesis: A Grammar of Hrusso Aka). Founder and leader of the Hrusso Literature Team, formed in 2017.
Married to Doge Khabisow. Original
Identifier (URI):https://lat1.lis.soas.ac.uk/ds/asv?openpath=MPI1195456%23
Publisher:Vijay D'Souza
University of Oxford
mythological songs
English language
Hruso language
Hindi language
Subject (ISO639):eng


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DateStamp:  2018-11-05
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Citation: Delu Sapon (consultant); Doge Khabisow (consultant); Dorjee K. Jebisow (recorder); Vijay D'Souza (researcher); Bramo Khabisow. 2016-02-23. Vijay D'Souza.
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