George Grierson pioneered the vast Linguistic Survey of India in 1894, an immensely useful resource for anyone working on languages of the Indian subcontinent. A set of recordings were also made as part of the survey, which were recently uncovered in the British Library. These recordings are now freely available from the University of Chicago’s Digital South Asian Library at http://dsal.uchicago.edu/lsi/
Obviously, this is a treasure trove for anyone interested in Indian languages. I’ll end my post with the same striking excerpt from Sohini Chattopadhyay’s Open magazine article about the find that Ben used:
Many of the speakers chose to sing or recite poems or limericks. Particularly lingering is the voice of Hassaina of Delhi who has clips in the Ahirwati and Mewati languages. Who was this girl who sang with such sang-froid of love and waiting on 26 April 1920? Nothing is known of her. She survives only as a voice.