“be not afraid of greatness”

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This week I had a visit from Rakshpal Singh Sangha, who had made the long journey from India to deliver a number of translations of Shakespeare’s works for his friend Professor Jagdish Chander Joshi.  On behalf of Professor Joshi, Rakshpal presented our library with Hindi translations of ‘The Merchant of Venice’, ‘Julius Caesar’, and ‘As You Like It’, and a new Punjabi translation of Shakespeare’s Sonnets.  These handsome volumes will now be added to our library archive along with other Shakespearian translations we have received from around the world.

With thousands of people gathering together to take part in Shakespeare’s Birthday Celebrations this weekend, I thought it fitting that Rakshpal read from his friend’s book about Shakespeare’s life, times, and legacy. The text here is in Punjabi, and tells of Shakespeare’s early life, ending with his move to London. Enjoy.

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Author:Nick Walton

Nick Walton is a Lecturer in Shakespeare Studies at The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.
  • Petersonmallory

    Nick, do you know anything about what is changed in the plays and sonnets when they are translated into Hindi? Does it change the initial meaning in your opinion?

  • Was shakespeare a sikh ?

  • Salil Kumar

    Well done Sangha Uncle. You  are really great. 
    Salil Kumar

  • Abh Joshi

    very informative & educative thanks for nice stuff

  • I am away on holiday until May 9th – I will contact you as soon as possible on my return.

    All the best


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  • Very good stuff, Shakespeare was a great playwright, Im super glad I found this site.

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