DASTAN-e AMIR HAMZA

The Urdu dastan, or romance, tradition is often said to consist of stories of razm o bazm , tilism o 'ayyari -- "battles and elegant gatherings, enchantments and trickery." In India, one dastan always dominated the field: the story of Amir Hamza. Elaborate tales about this hero were recorded and illustrated in the emperor Akbar's famous Hamza-nama; it seems that Akbar also enjoyed personally telling the stories to the ladies of the harem. As the stories moved from Indo-Persian into Urdu, their popularity increased; by the later 1800s oral dastan-go'i, or romance recitation, was enjoyed by aristocrats and commoners alike. The famous Naval Kishor Press of Lucknow called in the leading oral reciters of the day, and caused their Hamza stories to be written down. The resulting volumes were so popular that more and more were published, until the whole cycle ran to an astonishing 46 very large volumes. These volumes were created in Lucknow from the 1880s into the early 1900s, and became the crown jewels of Urdu narrative fiction. By the 1920s, however, they had begun to seem outmoded, and were increasingly supplanted by western-style novels and short stories. But they have always been felt to be the heart of the cycle, and thus were chosen in 1998 by the Khuda Bakhsh Library to be reprinted. These reprint volumes are in better condition than most of the original volumes, and are much easier to read. Something of a revival of oral dastan-go'i is also now taking place, based on the performances of Mahmood Farooqui, Danish Husain, and their troupe (sometimes including Naseeruddin Shah). In this interview, Farooqui and Husain discuss their performance style. In written form too, one translation of Tilism-e oshruba volume 1 has also been published, and another translation condensed from the whole Tilism-e hoshruba. For further background, here is a general overview of the Hamza tradition. On our website, the volumes of Tilism-e hoshruba, "The sense-stealing enchantment," have been featured most prominently. In addition, we provide a set of modern essays prepared by the Khuda Bakhsh Library to introduce the Tilism-e hoshruba series, and a one-volume selection by the well-known critic Muhammad Hasan 'Askari of his own favorite passages. But we also very much intend to complete the whole set of 46 volumes, which will be available on this site in PDF form for those who want to immerse themselves more deeply in the stories. Please bear with us while we finish locating and scanning these now rare and fragile volumes. Most of the volumes have been scanned by a Rekhta.org team from the personal collection of Shamsur Rahman Faruqi, to whom we are most grateful; others have been arranged by Frances W. Pritchett, who has also helped to check the readability of the scanned volumes and to fix various problems. We and they are delighted to bring the Hamza stories to many new readers.

DASTAN-E AMIR HAMZA: KHUDA BAKHSH LIBRARY EDITION

DASTAN-E AMIR HAMZA: FROM THE NAVAL KISHORE PRESS

S.No

TITLE

VOLUME

DAFTAR

YEAR

1 Naushervan Namah Naushervan Namah
vol. 1 Avval 1898
2 Naushervan Namah Naushervan Namah
vol. 2 Avval 1915
3 Hurmuz Namah Hurmuz Namah
vol. 1 Avval 1900
4 Homan Namah Homan Namah
vol. 1 Avval 1901
5 Kuchak Bakhtar Kuchak Bakhtar
vol. 1 Duvvum 1901
6 Bala Bakhtar Bala Bakhtar
vol. 1 Suvvum 1900
7 Iraj Nama Iraj Nama
vol. 1 Chaharum 1896
8 Iraj Nama Iraj Nama
vol. 2 Chaharum 1898
9 Tilism-e Hoshruba Tilism-e Hoshruba
vol. 1 Panjum 1930
10 Tilism-e Hoshruba Tilism-e Hoshruba
vol. 2 Panjum 0000
11 Tilism-e Hoshruba Tilism-e Hoshruba
vol. 3 Panjum 1892
12 Tilism-e Hoshruba Tilism-e Hoshruba
vol. 4 Panjum 0000
13 Tilism-e Hoshruba Tilism-e Hoshruba
vol. 5 (1) Panjum 0000
14 Tilism-e Hoshruba Tilism-e Hoshruba
vol. 5 (2) Panjum 0000
15 Tilism-e Hoshruba Tilism-e Hoshruba
vol. 6 Panjum 0000
16 Tilism-e Hoshruba Tilism-e Hoshruba
vol. 7 Panjum 0000
17 Sandali Namah Sandali Namah
vol. 1 Shashum 0000
18 Turaj Namah Turaj Namah
vol. 1 Shashum 1906
19 Turaj Namah Turaj Namah
vol. 2 Shashum 0000
20 La'l Namah La'l Namah
vol. 1 Hashtum 1913
21 La'l Namah La'l Namah
vol. 2 Hashtum 0000
22 Aftab-e Shuja'at Aftab-e Shuja'at
vol. 1 Hashtum 1902
23 Aftab-e Shuja'at Aftab-e Shuja'at
vol. 2 Hashtum 1903
24 Aftab-e Shuja'at Aftab-e Shuja'at
vol. 3 Hashtum 1904
25 Aftab-e Shuja'at Aftab-e Shuja'at
vol. 4 Hashtum 1905
26 Aftab-e Shuja'at Aftab-e Shuja'at
vol. 5 (1) Hashtum 1908
27 Aftab-e Shuja'at Aftab-e Shuja'at
vol. 5 (2) Hashtum 1908
28 Gulistan-e Bakhtar Gulistan-e Bakhtar
vol. 1 Hashtum 1909
29 Gulistan-e Bakhtar Gulistan-e Bakhtar
vol. 2 Hashtum 1909
30 Gulistan-e Bakhtar Gulistan-e Bakhtar
vol. 3 Hashtum 1917
31 Tilism-e Fitnah-e Nur-Afshan Tilism-e Fitnah-e Nur-Afshan
vol. 1 Hashtum 0000
32 Tilism-e Fitnah-e Nur-Afshan Tilism-e Fitnah-e Nur-Afshan
vol. 2 Hashtum 1896
33 Tilism-e Fitnah-e Nur-Afshan Tilism-e Fitnah-e Nur-Afshan
vol. 3 Hashtum 0000
34 Baqiya-e Tilism-e Hoshruba Baqiya-e Tilism-e Hoshruba
vol. 1 Hashtum 0000
36 Tilism-e Haft Paikar Tilism-e Haft Paikar
vol. 1 Hashtum 0000
37 Tilism-e Haft Paikar Tilism-e Haft Paikar
vol. 2 Hashtum 1896
38 Tilism-e Haft Paikar Tilism-e Haft Paikar
vol. 3 Hashtum 1913
39 Tilism-e Khayal-e Sikandari Tilism-e Khayal-e Sikandari
vol. 1 Hashtum 0000
40 Tilism-e Khayal-e Sikandari Tilism-e Khayal-e Sikandari
vol. 2 Hashtum 1900
41 Tilism-e Khayal-e Sikandari Tilism-e Khayal-e Sikandari
vol. 3 Hashtum 1900
42 Tilism-e Naukhez-e Jamshedi Tilism-e Naukhez-e Jamshedi
vol. 1 Hashtum 1901
43 Tilism-e Naukhez-e Jamshedi Tilism-e Naukhez-e Jamshedi
vol. 2 Hashtum 1902
44 Tilism-e Naukhez-e Jamshedi Tilism-e Naukhez-e Jamshedi
vol. 3 Hashtum 1903
45 Tilism-e Za'franzar-e Sulaimani Tilism-e Za'franzar-e Sulaimani
vol. 1 Hashtum 1905
46 Tilism-e Za'franzar-e Sulaimani Tilism-e Za'franzar-e Sulaimani
vol. 2 Hashtum 1905

AUDIO

Dastan-e Amir Hamza Audio 1

Shamsur Rahman Faruqi

Dastan-e Amir Hamza Audio 2

Shamsur Rahman Faruqi

Dastan-e Amir Hamza Audio 3

Shamsur Rahman Faruqi

Dastan-e Amir Hamza Audio 4

Shamsur Rahman Faruqi

Recitation

aah ko chahiye ek umr asar hote tak SHAMSUR RAHMAN FARUQI

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