Literature of South Asia


  • The South Asia Literary Recordings Project (Library of Congress New Delhi Office)
    A wonderful collection of recordings of South Asian literary works recited by their authors. Excellent biographical and background information about the authors. Site includes recordings of hundreds of texts, by dozens of major authors, in 22 South Asian languages.
  • A Desertful of Roses: the Urdu ghazals of Mirza Asadullah Khan "Ghalib" (Frances Pritchett)
  • Digital Urdu Ghazal Reader (Frances Pritchett and Sean Pue)
    An interactive on-line reader that aids students in orthography, pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar, and cultural and literary context. Uses advanced programming for displaying Urdu in script and transliteration. The reader consists of eighteen ghazals by ten poets: Vali, Dard, Mir, Jur'at, Atish, Momin, Zauq, Zafar, Ghalib, and Iqbal.
  • Narmad My Life (Chandrakant Shah)
    Biographical and bibliographical information on Narmad, the 19th century Gujarati poet. Site includes scanned images of Narmad's Dandiyo Newsletter, bibliographies, obituaries, information about a current biographical play on Narmad, related links, etc.
  • Attiya Dawood & Her Writings
    Feminist literature in Sindhi by a Pakistani activist-poet
  • BangladeshiNovels.com (Subrata Kumar Das)
    Listings, bibliographies, articles, bios, etc. on novels and novelists from Bangladesh, put together by an author, critic, essayist, and translator.
  • Some Primary-Source Links on South Asian Literature (Fran Pritchett)
  • Some Useful Sources on Hindi/Urdu Language and Literature (Fran Pritchett)
  • Datelist of Urdu Literary Figures (S.R. Faruqi, F.W. Pritchett, A.S. Pue)
  • Project Madurai
    "An open and voluntary initiative to collect and publish free electronic editions of Tamil literary classics." Similar in concept to Project Gutenburg. Texts are encoded in TSCII and the site provides free downloads of compatible fonts for all platforms."
  • Sanskrit Knowledge Systems on the Eve of Colonialism
  • EUrdu Bazaar (edited by Zafar Iqbal, Lahore)
  • Urdu Poetry Archive (Nita Awatramani)
    Full text ghazals and nazms transcribed in roman transliteration and presented with a searchable database, poet index, singer index, alpha index, and related links
  • Literature Bibliographies
    • Amir Khusro Bibliography (Yousuf Saeed)
    • Books on Tamil Poetry: Post-1970 publications from Tamilnadu (K. Kalyanasundaram)
    • English Translations, Commentaries of Tamil Literary works and English-Tamil Dictionaries (K. Kalyanasundaram)
    • English Translations, Commentaries of Tamil Literary works and English-Tamil Dictionaries (K. Kalyanasundaram)
    • A Guide to Writings By or About Women in Pre-Independent India (Donald Clay Johnson, Univ. of Minnesota)
    • Gujarati Literature - Select Bibliography (Ashok and Asha Meghani)
    • Hindi Literature in English Translation (A comprehensive bibliography by Irene Joshi, University of Washington)
    • Literature Written By South Asian Women (A comprehensive bibliography by Irene Joshi, University of Washington)
    • Malayalam Literature in English Translation (A comprehensive bibliography by Irene Joshi, University of Washington)
    • South Asian Diaspora Literature in English (by Irene Joshi, University of Washington)
    • South Asia Literature in English, Pre-Independence Era (A vast and comprehensive bibliography by Irene Joshi, University of Washington)