THE HISTORICAL NARRATIVE OF GUJARATI LANGUAGE – DINESH VORA


THE HISTORICAL NARRATIVE OF  GUJARATI LANGUAGE DINESH VORA 

 

 

 

[1]   Introduction:

 

     Gujarati is an  Indian language belonging to the Indo-Iranian group of the Indo-European  languages.

 

    It is spoken mainly in Gujarat, a state in  western India, where it is a regional language officially recognized by the  Constitution.

 

    It is written in Gujarati script, an  abugida very similar to Devanagari (the script used for Sanskrit and Hindi), but  without the continuous line at the top of the  letters.         It is spoken by about  46 million people worldwide, making it the 23rd most spoken language in the  world. Of these, roughly 45.5 million reside in India , 150,000 in Uganda ,  250,000 in Tanzania , 50,000 in Kenya and roughly 100,000 in  Pakistan  . 

 

    Considerable population of Gujarati  speakers exists in North America as well. The two most common surnames are (1)  Shah mainly in Gujarati Jain Community and (2) Patel in Gujarati Hindu  Community. 

 

   [2]   The Gujarati Language  History      The history of  the language can be traced back to 12th century AD.  

    A  formal grammar of the precursor of this language was written by Jain monk  and eminent scholar, Hema-chandracharya in the reign of Rajput king,  Siddharaj Jayasinh, of Patan.

    This  was called Apabhransa grammar, signifying a language which is a corrupted form  of languages like Sanskrit and Ardha-magadhi.

    Earliest  literature in the language survives in oral tradition and is traced to two  stalwarts, the Krshna devotee and great egalitarian Narasinh Mehta; later a  source of inspiration to Mahatma Gandhi, dated to be in the 17th century. 

    The  story of Narsinh Mehta himself was composed as a long narrative ballad by  Premananda, accorded the title ‘maha-kavi’ or great poet by modern historians of  the language.

    His  date is perhaps late 17th century. Other than this a large  nu    mber of poets flourished during what is  now characterized as the bhakti or devotional movement in Hinduism, a  movement of the masses to liberate the religion from entrenched  priesthood.         Premananda  was a ‘vyakhyan-kar,’ a traveling story teller, who narrated his subject in  song form and then perhaps elaborated on the lines in prose. 

    His  style was so fluent that the long poems running into hundreds of lines  were memorized by people and are still sung during the morning routines. 

    In  this sense the oral tradition of the much more ancient Vedas was clearly  continuing in India till late.

    Premanandas’  famous poetry-stories deal with epic themes couched in stories of mythical  kings, and the puranas. He also wrote a drama based on Narasinh Mehtas’ life  capturing his simplicity and his disregard for worldly divisions of caste and  class.           The Gujarati spoken today takes considerable vocabulary from Persian due the  more than five centuries of the rule of Sultan kings who were  Muslim.

These  words occur mostly in reference to worldly and secular matters.

    The  other elements of the language, however, draw quite a lot on native tribes of  the specific region, as listed below under Dialects.

    Modern  exploration into Gujarat and its language is credited to British admini-strator  Forbes.

    During  the 19th century at a time when the British rule was more conciliatory and  progressive, this gentleman explored much of the previous thousand years of the  history of the land and compiled a large number of manuscripts.

    The  learned body devoted to Gujarati language is named after him, Farbas Gujarati  Sabha with headquarters in Mumbai. 

[3] Gujarati Dialects: 

    As  with most languages, there are regional dialects which differ in some minor  regard. Some of them are listed below along with  subdivisions.        

Standard   Gujarati

Saurashtra   Standard Nagari Bombay   Gujarati Patnuli  Gamadia Gramya Surati Anawla Brathela Eastern   Broach Gujarati Charotari Patidari Vadodari Ahmedabad   Gamadia Patani Parsi Kathiyawadi Jhalawadi Sorathi Holadi Gohilwadi Bhavnagari Kharwa Kakari Tarimuki Ghisadi

 

 

 

 

[2] THE GUJARATI   BREAKFAST DINESH VORA 

 

  

FAFDA GANTHIA
KHAKHRA
CHAKLI

 

[2] THE GUJARATI   BREAKFAST DINESH VORA 

 

  

FAFDA GANTHIA
KHAKHRA
CHAKLI

[2] THE GUJARATI   BREAKFAST DINESH VORA 

 

  

FAFDA GANTHIA
 
KHAKHRA

CHAKLI

 

 DINESH VORA

 

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About Dinesh Vora

"Profile Dinesh Vora Greetings I like to present my short background and introduction here. I am Dinesh Vora from USA. I am an engineer worked for NASA and have many active hobbies. I am a Gujarati literature and humorous writer, translator, blogger, photographer, singer, presenter of articles. I am socially and religiously active with associations and clubs. I am astrologer and vegetarian by diet. The languages I actively know and use are English, Gujarati, and Hindi. I have learnt Bengali and German languages in school and college. I was born in Morbi, Gujarat, India and Gujarti is my mother-tongue and primary culture. I write religious articles, humors, stories and books. The languages I actively know and use are English, Gujarati, and Hindi. I have learnt Bengali and German languages in school and college. I was born in Morbi, Gujarat, India. Gujarati language is my mother-tongue and primary culture. I write religious articles, books, create post on web blog sites. I write English literary humors, stories and books. Profile Dinesh Vora Greetings I like to present my short background and introduction here. I am Dinesh Vora from USA. I am an engineer worked for NASA and have many active hobbies. I am a Gujarati literature and humorous writer, translator, blogger, photographer, singer, presenter of articles. I am socially and religiously active with associations and clubs. I am astrologer and vegetarian by diet. The languages I actively know and use are English, Gujarati, and Hindi. I have learnt Bengali and German languages in school and college. I was born in Morbi, Gujarat, India and Gujarti is my mother-tongue and primary culture. I write religious articles, humors, stories and books. The languages I actively know and use are English, Gujarati, and Hindi. I have learnt Bengali and German languages in school and college. I was born in Morbi, Gujarat, India. Gujarati language is my mother-tongue and primary culture. I write religious articles, books, create post on web blog sites. I write English literary humors, stories and books. "
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