ISSN: (Online) 2321 -4155
ISSN: (Print) 2320 -7000

JOURNAL OF INDIAN RESEARCH
VOLUME : 3, ISSUE : 4, October-December, 2015 (ISSN No. : 2321-4155)
 
LADAKHI ENGLISH LITERATURE: A DEVELOPMENT IN PROGRESS
Rigzin Chodon
 
ABSTRACT
Categorization of any kind of literature has been a daunting task for many critics. Literary writings can include philosophical writings, historical writings, scientific essays, psychoanalytical lectures etc. However, sometimes it also gets determined as all kinds of written works, without any distinction of the quality of writing. In this paper, an attempt to define the ‘Ladakhi English Literature’ in the English language from the early twentieth century to present has been made. The historical records of present Ladakh dates back to the 10th century; however, its oral-tradition and folklore goes farther into past. The literature of Ladakh dates back to the advent of Tibetan kings in Ladakh when the art of writing evolved. The paper traces the Ladakhi literature from its early formation during the Tibetan Kings, thence the introduction of the early English literature, followed by English Literary Works done by the Moravian Missionaries from 1900 A.D. onwards and the blooming of contemporary Ladakhi literature into several spheres .
 
KEYWORD
Dosmochey festival, Druguma, Heinrich August J?schke, Gesar of Ling, Moravian Missionary, Shangri-La, Sron-bstansgam-po, Thonmi Sambhota, William Moorcroft.
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