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Re: < Pronunciation >

Nagulapalli Srinivas (srinivas@eng.umd.edu) wrote:
: Article: 566 of alt.hindu maruvada@hpax.cup.hp.com (Satish V Maruvada) writes:

: >	My friend started laughing and said that it was 'nirvan' and not
: >	'nirvana'. I asked him about 'Rama', Krishna, Shiva, Ravana and
: >	moksha. He said that it was Ram, Krishn, Shiv Ravan and Moksh
: >	respectively. I'm confused and tried telling him that may be out in
: >	the north (where he hails), it may be pronounced that way, but in
: >	the south it's different. 
: >
: >	My question is : What is the right pronunciation ? And how are these
: >	words prononunced in Samkskrit ?

:   Well, both are right in different grammatical contexts. So the trick is
: to read the script or infer from context as to how to pronounce it. 

: Anyone, be it in North or South India, when they sing the famous
: "Hare Rama Hare Rama, Rama Rama Hare Hare", pronounce Rama which last "a"
: said as  "a" in "awesome". However, in the famous song Gandhiji used to like

	I don't know whether u would put Maharashtra in North or South India
but the word Rama in the phrase "Hare Rama etc.." is always pronounced as 
Ram and not Rama in Marathi. In fact the only time one would say Rama
would be in Ramayana :-)

: "Raghu Pati Raghava Raja Raam, Patiita Paavana Sitaa Raam", it is distinctly
: pronounced with the word ending at "m" in Ram. Also, it is changed by
: poets to suit the meter of the verse or poem when they are composing.
: 	Also, in Gita, everyone will say "Arjuna(long "a") Uvaacha" and never
: Arjun-Uvaacha! So it gets cleared in writing many times. But in any case, both
: are valid forms of pronunciation.

: -Srinivas Nagulapalli

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