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On the film ‘Bidesiya in Bambai’: Mumbai as the doorstep to Poorvanchal

  By Ratnakar Tripathy Surabhi Sharma Just the day before watching this 80-minute film by Surabhi Sharma, I spent a whole afternoon in the company of two European researchers working on the theme of out migrants in Bihar. I was taken aback when the French researcher among them used the word ‘palayan’ [literally running away] for migration. She said she confronted a migrant in Jahanabad, Bihar with the question – ‘why did you do palayan’ in Hindi. My head swirled at the implied accusation but when she asked me for the right word, I discovered I could only offer a very officious and... 

A personal tribute to Baleshwarji, the great Bhojpuri singer: mortal but unforgettable

A personal tribute to Baleshwarji, the great Bhojpuri singer: mortal but unforgettable By Prashant Kumar the legend passes away... Last night while watching a movie ‘Swimming with Sharks’ [a Hollywood film about Hollywood],  I  suddenly saw a message from one of my friends, भोजपुरी गीतों के लोकगायक बालेश्वर यादव को श्रधाँजली !! and a you tube link to one of his songs. It was shocking news indeed, and I immediately switched to  my favourite songs of the legend on youtube. By the time I heard four... 
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