Seeta Sheel: सीता-शील

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Vidyarjun Prakashan, May 31, 1986 - Religion - 224 pages
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“Seeta Sheel” is a Maithili epic authored by Mr. Khadga Ballabh Das "Swajan" (खड्गवल्लभ दास ‘स्वजन’) (1909-1999; Village-Imadpatti, Madhubani District, Bihar, India) who was known for his impeccable verse-authoring skills in Hindi and Maithili languages.

The book depicts the life, struggles and ideals of goddess Sita who is revered for her devotion in the Hindu mythology. The complete life story is presented in two-liner verses by Shri Das. Seeta, the legendary wife of Lord Sriram was born in ancient Mithila and spoke Maithili. The rhythm, word-choice and vocabulary he adopts in the book makes it a smooth, interesting read. The life-sketch of Seeta is based on TulsiDas’ Ram Charit Manas.

The 244 page hardcover edition was first published by Vidyarjun Publications in 1986. Twenty years after Mr. Das passed away, in 2013,  with permission from his younger son Mr. Ramakant Das, his grandchidren (Binita Mallik, among others) took the initiative of digitizing the book.

 Alternate spellings: सीता-शील , Sita Shil, Seeta Shil, Sita Sheel,

 

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Shri Khadg Ballabh Das 'Swajan' was not merely a litterateur, in fact he was a living saint. His pure heart epitomized the intrinsic serenity and verses were just a reflection of it which came effortlessly from his pen. He belonged to the rare breed of personality where words and action have no difference. Sometimes his philanthropy seemed not befitting to a wordly human being, but this was he who was. "Seeta Sheel' highlights the perspective of daughter of Mithila Seeta who knew only to give and not to take. The lines are so simple that anyone with simple knowledge of Maithili can understand. Though the fact that it was assiduously made simple is proven by the fact that it has not lost the flavour of classicism even after its simplicity. Shri K. B. Das 'Swajan' was a veteran player of words and possessed authoritative hold over the nuances of 'Pingle Shastra'. The glut of verses without any 'maatra' and variety of 'chhandas' and 'alankars' are just some of the reminder of this. Unfortunately I have to mention that Shri K.B.Das 'Swajan' could not find such a recognition in his lifetime as he deserved because of narrow caste-based lobby-ism prevailing in Maithili language.which is still the biggest bottleneck in the progress of Maithili..(-Hemant Das 'Him') hemantdas2001@gmail.com 

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About the author (1986)

Mr. Khadga Ballabh Das (1909-1999) completed authoring the poetic “Seeta Sheel” over several years following his voluntary retirement from the Government Press in Gulzarbagh Patna. Although not formally educated, Mr. Das was a mathematician, a poet and a war veteran. During the second World War he served in the British Army as an automobile technician; but developed a deep appreciation for the Indian freedom movement soon after. An excellent story teller, Mr. Das was known for his dynamic cultural skills (such as conducting mathematics shows), social work, scientific experiments and, of course, literary works. Some of this dynamism is also reflected in the supplements to “Seeta Sheel” as book appendices. He devotes a page on depicting the god names in terms of numbers; and another on showcasing how a full poem could be written without using any “matras” (vowels) in Devanagri script.

During latter years of his life, Mr. Das built a Shri Krishna temple in Imadpatti (Madhubani), his ancestral village. He enjoyed full support for his dynamic endeavors from his wife Mrs. Indramaya Devi (1912-1992), sons Mr. Lakshman Das (1934-1993) and Mr. Ramakant Das and daughter Mrs. Vidya Devi and their spouses and families.