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Onji Kundu Nalpa Kathekulu (Tulu)
Onji Kundu Nalpa Kathekulu (Tulu) “Thirty Nine stories”- is a selection of folk –tales from the treasure of documented Tulu folktales in the Siri-Sampada Archives of RRC. The stories were originally recorded by the scholar-duo Dr. Purushothama Bilimale and Dr. Chinnappa Gowda in the course of a field–survey during 1990-92 under a special research Project of the RRC sanctioned by the then Director Prof. K.S Haridas Bhat. Some of these stories were transcribed by Dharmendra Kudroli and Ranjit Kumar. The transcribed stories remained in the manuscript form. Dr. Ashok Alva of the RRC desired to compile a selection of Tulu folk-tales for publication under the auspices of the RRC. While going through the earlier transcription he felt it would be better to transcribe them afresh and therefore he listened to the original recordings of the tales in the earlier manuscript. The thirty nine stories so transcribed were reviewed by Dr. Amrith Someshwar who made valuable suggestions and emendations. With the due revision the book was printed and published under the above title.
The selected stories, edited by Prof. Heranje Krishna Bhat and Dr. Ashok Alva show all the typical features of folk-tales. They are fine examples of the art of story-telling – with graphic descriptions, colloquial speech, appropriate juxtaposition of dialogues, cleverly interwoven repetitions, familiar and casual towards the audience. The motifs, themes, characters and settings are remarkably varied. No single story of this selection adopts the same framework or constituent elements of another. The characters are astoundingly varied; humans, birds, animals both pets and wild ones. Interestingly very few characters in the selected stories are supernatural. Even Rakshasas as are just wild men, some of whom can however show quite human qualities like sympathy and love. But imagination runs wild in the stories where many characters–man, reptile or animal – can display superhuman powers. All the characters are gifted with powers of speech and even wild animals like a tiger can become tame and be led by a rope tied to the neck; superhuman beings appear at all they come as old men or women. The usual motifs of folk tales are present here- step mother ill-treating step children, daughter-in-law plotting against mother-in-law, brother taking care of a sister, servants loyal and rebellious, masters kindly and cruel; characters are rescued from danger; at the nick of time the crisis is resolved and the characters live happily ever after. But there are frequent instances of nemesis - a misdeed is rewarded with punishment, which can be abominably horrible. The rustic mind narrating the stories can take a lot of liberty in describing people defecating or urinating or breaking wind. A Harikatha artiste, given a challenge to make half the audience laugh and the other half weep makes them weep by narrating the story of Seethe in exile, but makes the children sitting in the front rows laugh by letting one of his testicles be seen out of his underwear. Events highly impossible in the work-a-day world become a reality in this world of fantasy- eating a mango-stone can lead to conception, throwing a stone on the ground can make a golden castle appear from nowhere and dropping of another stone can make all the paraphernalia disappear. Most of the sufferers in the stories are women, especially those awaiting childbirth, even at the hands of their husbands, not to speak of jealous step sisters or mothers-in-law. Poetic justice and nemesis go hand in hand. Most stories end happily though some end on a tragic note. With the age of realism now giving way to one of fantasy, this collection of stories can win the hearts not only of children, but of adults, though hard-core rationalists may find in them only stereo –types.
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