February 5, 2011
Copyright (c) Michailovsky, Boyd
Annotation of the recording of a performance by the hudke bard Camalek Bahadur Dholi, aged ~54. This is the invocation pronounced before the performance of 4 epics recorded on 4 November 1969 at the administrative center of Dandeldhura District, Nepal, by Marc Gaborieau and Mireille Helffer of the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS). The recording was transcribed in the field by Man Bahadur Kathayat of Dandeldhura on page 5 of a notebook of Gaborieau's marked "Hudkiya", with annotations were added by Gaborieau. Prof Jaya Raj Pant reviewed the transcription and prepared a translation into standard Nepali in 2007. The English and French translations were made by Boyd Michailovsky, without understanding the rhetoric and wordplay of the originals. Further materials are available at http://www.vjf.cnrs.fr/epopee.