India-related sources in the Lautarchiv of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin


This list con­tains detailed infor­ma­tion regard­ing all India-relat­ed sound record­ings and doc­u­ments in the Lautarchiv of the Hum­boldt Uni­ver­si­ty, Berlin. The list was com­piled dur­ing the incor­po­ra­tion of the archive into the MIDA data­base.

Due to the his­toric, polit­i­cal and sci­en­tif­ic con­text in which these record­ings were made, the orig­i­nal focus of the doc­u­men­ta­tion negates the indi­vid­u­al­i­ty of the speak­er. Most of them were Pris­on­ers of War (PoW) in Ger­man camps dur­ing the First World War. The Lautarchiv is there­fore con­sid­ered a ‘sen­si­tive col­lec­tion’ (See the MIDA-Reflex­i­con arti­cle by Jürgen‑K. Mahren­holz). To coun­ter­act this objec­ti­fi­ca­tion, the items of the list in the PDF ver­sion were sort­ed alpha­bet­i­cal­ly by name of (main) speaker/singer. To enable fur­ther forms of pre­sen­ta­tion (i.e. chrono­log­i­cal­ly by date of record­ing, sort­ed by lan­guage), a sortable Excel list is also avail­able for download.

The lan­guage descrip­tions giv­en in the list were extract­ed from the title of the record­ing and (where nec­es­sary) from the inscrip­tion on the sound car­ri­er. In some instances, the lan­guage actu­al­ly spo­ken in the record­ing might differ.

The con­ser­va­tion sta­tus of the phys­i­cal sound car­ri­er is not con­tained in this list, since the whole remain­ing col­lec­tion is avail­able as dig­i­tal copy (.wav / .mp3) at the archive itself. If work on the phys­i­cal sound car­ri­er is required, it is advis­able to check the con­di­tion of the medi­um in the archive’s database.

The date is dis­played in the for­mat YYYY-MM-DD.

The list is linked to the MIDA Archival Reflex­i­con arti­cle “Südasi­atis­che Sprach- und Musikauf­nah­men im Lautarchiv der Hum­boldt-Uni­ver­sität zu Berlin” by Jürgen‑K. Mahrenholz. 

Down­load the list here as PDF or as EXCEL.