Item details
Item ID
JS2-F01
Title Nanhu
Description Cuvu, Sigatoka - at Nadola
Vishidhya Nand Sharma (Interviewer)
Shriman Nanhu (Speaker)
Hindi (both sides)

Monday, March 1970. During the Easter period.

Shriman Nanhu an indentured labourer from the “Kurmi” agricultural community of India, is interviewed about his personal experiences as a “Girmit” in Fiji and the origins of Fijian Hindustani by Vishidya Nand Sharma.

Nanhu recounts his journey from India as he is deceived into signing an indentured labour agreement by who he thought to be a relative. He is then taken to the Kolkata depot to be transported to an area near Suva, Fiji. During his voyage Nanhu describes the separation between Indians from different regions and their inability to communicate with each other. The roots of Fijian Hindustani are explored and according to Nanhu, was developed by children in an attempt to play and communicate with each other.

The two discuss the differences between Fijian and Indian cultures and languages, providing examples of each. Sharma explains how certain words and phrases that are pronounced in Fiji are of particular interest to Jeff Sigel

Nanhu recounts his tumultuous life as a “Girmit” where he was subjected to beatings and tasked with jobs, which conflicted with his religious beliefs. Nanhu retells an anecdote of when a fellow “Girmit” chased down and attacked a white man in an act of rebellion.

(Prash Krishnan, March 2019)
Origination date 1970-03-01
Origination date free form 1970s
Archive link https://catalog.paradisec.org.au/repository/JS2/F01
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Collector
Jeff Siegel
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Language as given Hindi
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Region / village Suva
Originating university University of New England
Operator Frank Davey
Data Categories language description
primary text
song
Data Types Sound
Discourse type
Roles Jeff Siegel : depositor
Vishidhya Nand Sharma : interviewer
Nanhu : speaker
DOI 10.4225/72/56F552C229D67
Cite as Jeff Siegel (collector), Jeff Siegel (depositor), Vishidhya Nand Sharma (interviewer), Nanhu (speaker), 1970. Nanhu. MPEG/X-WAV. JS2-F01 at catalog.paradisec.org.au. https://dx.doi.org/10.4225/72/56F552C229D67
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JS2-F01-B.mp3 audio/mpeg 29.5 MB 00:32:11.630
JS2-F01-B.wav audio/x-wav 1.04 GB 00:32:16.9
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Collection Information
Collection ID JS2
Collection title Plantation Languages of Fiji
Description Data from the Plantation Languages of Fiji Project. Audio recordings include conversations, speeches, and some recordings of school-aged children. Languages recorded in include Fiji English, Fiji Hindi, Pidgin Fijian, Pidgin HIndustani and Kiribati. Also some recordings of Nauru Pidgin (Nauru).
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