Brothers Two (from old memory Page)

Brothers two
Name of Dalili
And Khalili
Descended every
Winter to our part
of the country

Came separately
Never together
Collected people
all the funds
They could
muster

Every evening
A motley crowd
Gathered as they
Narrated tales of
Great Hindu epics
And mythologies
 

Sang hymns Enacted chapters
Mesmerizing crowds being great actors
Wheat complexioned of medium height
Good bodies, attracting young bodies
Until one stupid girl ran away with one
soon both brought back to parental abode
 

This episode aborted yearly flights
south of these two northern birds
even though their sing song voices
often rang in dream’s fanciful ears
they inculcated love for our heritage
epics myths, awesome panchtantra tales*

 
Like water displaced
Brothers dalili khalili
Were soon replaced
Others lacked their charisma
Such was their karma, yet in
Many a breast they held their place
 

Brother two
Name of Dalili
And Khalili
No longer descended
Each winter to our
Part of the country 

 **note

Indian epic poetry is the epic poetry written in the Indian subcontinent
mostly based on “itihasa” (Sanskrit: Itih?sa, “historical event”
from iti + ha + ?sa, lit. “so indeed it was”). Ramayana and Mahabharata
originally composed in Sanskrit and translated thereafter into many other
Indian languages, are some of the oldest surviving epic poetry on earth and some works
form the basis of Hindu scripture 

The Panchatantra (IAST: Pañcatantra, Sanskrit: ??????????, ‘Five Principles’)
is an ancient Indian collection of animal fables in verse and prose,
in a frame story format. The original Sanskrit work, which some scholars
believe was composed in the 3rd century BCE,is attributed to Vishnu Sharma
However, it is based on older oral traditions, including “animal fables that
are as old as we are able to imagine”. It is “certainly the most frequently
translated literary product of India”  and these stories are among the
most widely  known in the world and Aesop fables are based on them

(pics. are from internet)

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